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How Sherwood Healy and his eight brothers 
and sisters passed into wKite America 


History lessons 

My grandfather Leo Birnbaum was tall, strong, willful, 
charming, virile and handsome as Cagney, and with a mind 
that resisted deep thought as naturally as rock sheds water. 
In short, he had just about all the gifts a man needs for hap- 
piness. He was however born a Jew in 1 892 in backwater 
Austria, which means he was condemned at birth to a life 
narrow and impoverished, the kind of life that Heinrich 
Heine might have had in mind when he slyly lamented that 
Judaism was "not a religion [but] a misfortune." 

The slums of New York City, to which Leo's parents em- 
igrated at the turn of the century, were another misfortune. 
The family was poor and large, and Leo fended for himself 
from a young age, never finishing grade school. But some- 
where along the way he heard the great American claim spo- 
ken out loud: Nothing is fate. He believed in little, but he 
acted on that. In his late teens he became a professional 
boxer and he took a new name, Bobby Dawson. 

Why Leo became a boxer is clear: respect, money, and 
women. Prizefighting was the street game that mattered in 
his time, a seedbed for local heroes and punk millionaires, 
and the transforming dream for tall, strong, willful young 
men who never made it past sixth grade. Traveling the city's 
expansive circuit of boxing clubs and arenas for the 1 years 
his career lasted, Leo made lots of money that he spent on 
lots of women, lots of booze, and lots of pals. 

Why he chose a ring name, however (not to mention 
"Bobby Dawson"), no one really knows. It wasn't his way to 
explain. He certainly didn't change his name for business rea- 
sons. Being a Birnbaum in the fight game in New York City 
in 1910 was in fact a decided market advantage over being a 
Dawson, and there were fighters who falsely intimated Jewish 
identities, who sewed stars of David to their trunks so they 
could improve their box office. Nor does the family's pious 
legend seem likely — that Leo wanted to spare his mother the 
shame of a son who brawled for a living. I knew Leo for 30 
years, and if he was ever constrained by the prospect of caus- 
ing embarrassment, I didn't notice it. He was the grandfather 
who annually stole the show at my father's earnest Passover 
seder by removing his dentures from his mouth to attack the 
matzo as it was passed; the grandfather who referred to his 
long-suffering wife as "tsures," a Yiddish word meaning 
"troubles," and a pun on her name Sureh; the grandfather 
who into his sixties insisted on demonstrating his strength by 
doing a headstand in any handy living room while his cuffs 
slipped past his broad white shins and coins dropped from his 
pockets and rolled on the floor beside his purple face. 

No, what seems clear from all the available evidence is 

that Leo chose to be Bobby Dawson (he never had his name 
changed legally) so he could pass, disappear into America, 
live a life in which he didn't have to be a Jew — whatever that 
meant to him and to the world — on top of everything else a 
man had to be. And so for decades after he'd worn out his 
gift for boxing, Bobby Dawson was a presence in arenas, 
athletic clubs, the celebrity bars along Broadway, and in 
many loud, merry, or nefarious places where a heavyweight 
who'd once nearly gone the distance with Tunney (a TKO 
in the seventh round) could provide cachet and earn a few 
bucks as a chauffeur, bodyguard, cook, bartender, masseur, 
poker foil, or drinking buddy. And Leo Birnbaum was at the 
same time a shadow husband and father across the river in 
Brooklyn, a man who turned up on occasion to drop off 
some cash and to rest from exertions he never spoke of. 

There are all kinds of reasons for passing, some more 
pressing than others. Life and freedom can certainly depend 
on it, as was the case with the subjects of our cover story and 
as is the case today in too many places. In other instances, 
it's ambition that's on the line. Would Iosif Dzhugashvili 
have done as well career-wise as Stalin? Could Anna Maria 
Italiano have had Anne Bancroft's film credits, or would 
Hollywood have mired her in bosom-and pasta comedies as 
a second-tier Sophia Loren (Sofia Scicolone, actually)? 

For most people who take the trouble to pass, though, 
the real inspiration is the opportunity to set aside the dread- 
ful burden that W.E.B. Du Bois famously called "double- 
consciousness, this sense of always looking at one's self 
through the eyes of others, of measuring one's soul by the 
tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity." 

I believe that's what Bobby Dawson was about. Leo 
Birnbaum had ego, certainly, and he had rage enough to 
drive his arms and legs in the ring (and elsewhere), and 
charm and looks enough for the women. But what he could 
not claim was a life in which he could rest, a life in which 
warring identities — immigrant, native, Jewish, gentile — did 
not short-circuit and spark. And so he made up that life. He 
created Bobby Dawson, his personal golem, a man who 
laughed and drank and had no real history. 

One day when Leo grew too old to live Bobby Dawson's 
life, he returned to the family apartment in Brooklyn. His 
children were grown and gone, but Sureh — long suffering 
and expert at it — triumphantly took him in and installed 
him in the small spare bedroom beside the kitchen, like a 
guest in his own life. 

Our story on the Healys' passage begins on page 38. 

Ben Birnbaum 

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summer 2003 magazine 

VOL. 63 NO. 3 



24 Through Islamic eyes 

Sheila S. Blair and Jonathan M. Bloom 
Five manifestations of the Muslim vision. 

34 The lunatic in the pew 

Alice McDermoti 

Confessions of a natural-born Catholic. 

38 Passing free 

James M. O'Toole 

Black in the South, Irish in the North, the Healys slipped the 
bonds of race in Civil War America. 

special section: 


Student voices • David Morrison • Wilson Carey McWilliams 

my generation — Young adults on faith, Church, and the facts of life 
catholic and gay — Thoughts on the essential nature of love 
critical rebound — Why America needs a Catholic recovery 



• Laser tagged • Lost and found 

• Michigan rules • Professional 
health • Mother load 

• Thoroughly modern? • Young 
philosophers • Market watch 

• The therapy of memories 
. Househunter . BC/ACC 

• Tested • Soup's on • Last reel 


Teaching Amy to 
drive in the snow 
Stephen Valentine '98 


Mean streets 
Robert Cherry '90 


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COVER A. Sherwood Healy. 
Photo courtesy of Archives, 
Archdiocese of Boston. 




SUMMER 2003 


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Reading "Civic Rite" (by 
David Reich, Spring 2003), I 
was reminded of an evening in 
Roberts Center in the late 
1980s with Oliver North, and 
the bipolarized reception he 
received on campus. It's great 
to see Noam Chomsky lend- 
ing his perspective at BC. I 
suppose it wouldn't be a col- 
lege campus without protest- 
ers and heightened emotions. 
However, a closed-minded ap- 
proach to world affairs isn't in 
anyone's best interest. 

New York, New York 


Juxtaposing the two excellent 
articles "Mute Witness" by 
Robin Fleming and "The 
Priesthood to Come" by Rev. 
Donald Cozzens (Spring 2003) 
was particularly apt. In 
Fleming's article, we learn that 
the decline of Roman Britain 
progressed from alarming to 
overwhelming and then to ter- 
minal, "without an Angle or a 
Saxon in sight." Then, in 
Cozzens's article, we learn that 
the state of vocations to the 
priesthood is progressing 
along the same path, it seems, 
without an infidel in sight. 

In each case, the message 
is that the road is unmistak- 
able, but the remedy elusive. 

Wilton, Connecticut 

I cannot complain that Mark 
Oppenheimer ("Beautiful 
Mind," Spring 2003) did not 
get us Lonerganians right. We 
are indeed an odd, rumpled 
collection of souls, and we 
tend to speak to each other in 
a strange, technical terminol- 
ogy. But he has not gotten 

Lonergan right. 

To cite just one misrepre- 
sentation: Although 
Oppenheimer did quote me 
correctly on page 37, he com- 
pletely misrepresented the 
context of my remark. In no 
way did my comment have 
anything to do with why 
"some skeptical young 
Catholics stayed in the priest- 
hood." Over and again, 
Oppenheimer represents 
Lonergan as writing in "the 
spirit of the 1960s," as a het- 
erodox rebel chafing against 
the teachings of Roman 
Catholicism. Worst among his 
inaccuracies is the assertion 
that Lonergan was "suggesting 
that doctrine might, possibly, 
be superseded by social sci- 
ence." It is true that Lonergan 
intended a great reform of the 
manner in which Catholic the- 
ology and thinking ought to 
be conducted. But never did 
he challenge the fundamental 
doctrines. Rather, he devoted 
much of his career to explor- 
ing and reinvigorating 
Catholic traditions on such 
fundamental issues as God, 
the Trinity, the Incarnation, 
grace, and human nature. - 

From the beginning of his 
career to its end, his sole ob- 
jective was to make the riches 
of the Catholic tradition ac- 
cessible to a world radically 
changed by modern and post- 
modern science, economics, 
politics, and culture. 

Department of Theology 

I began reading Mark 
Oppenheimer's account with 
interest, but ended in disap- 
pointment. After quoting an 
unattributed passage from 
Lonergan about the applica- 
tion of "the operations as in- 

tentional to the operations as 
conscious," Oppenheimer tells 
us that although he doesn't 
"really know" what it means, 
he "sort of knows. "Each of 
us has a different brain, so we 
each have different mental ex- 
periences, and so what will be 
good theology or ethics, say, 
for one person might not 
work for another." 

To call this sophomoric 
would be to malign sopho- 
mores. No doubt we all have 
numerically different brains, 
whence it perhaps follows that 
we have numerically different 
mental experiences. But it 
would be a non sequitur to 
infer that we have different 
types of mental experience, 
which is what one would have 
to be able to infer to get even 
close to reaching the namby- 
pamby theological/ethical rel- 
ativism the author has in view. 

Gold Canyon, Arizona 

Re "Survey Says" by Patricia 
M.Y. Chang (Spring 2003): I 
do not understand how "1,508 
completed responses . . . ob- 
tained by calling 41,033 peo- 
ple" yields a response rate of 
"roughly one-third of 1 per- 
cent." This looks like a 3.68 
percent response rate to me. 

Winchester, Massachusetts 

Editor's note: Mr. Ferguson is 
indeed correct. 

Was I surprised to find out 
that, according to your article 
on Chris O'Donnell (Ben 
Birnbaum's "The Mensch," 
Spring 2003), a "mensch" is 
"Hollywood argot" for a 
grown-up! Here I was think- 

2 SUMMER 2003 

ing that it was Yiddish for 
"human," used in a compli- 
mentary fashion, in English, to 
assign the status of one worthy 
of admiration (see American 
Heritage Dictionary, fourth edi- 
tion, 2000). Man, those 
Hollywood types have a word 
for everything. 

Teaneck, New Jersey 

I read Bill McDonald's article 
"Phenomenology" (Spring 
2003) the same day that BC, 
the University of Miami, and 
the ACC were sued by a num- 
ber of Big East colleges. I rec- 
ognize that sports play a big 
part in colleges today — in 
school spirit, national publici- 
ty, admissions, and television 
and bowl game revenue. 
These are not bad things in 
themselves, but I believe they 
must be taken within the con- 
text of the values and culture 
of the university community. 

Perhaps I am idealistic, but 
I would like to believe that 
what differentiates BC from 
secular colleges are things like 
truth, loyalty, and commit- 
ment. Based on news reports 
and the allegations of the law- 
suit naming BC as a defen- 
dant, these three values appear 
to be sorely lacking as BC has 
been courted by the ACC, 
along with the University of 
Mami and Syracuse 
University, in a move that 
would eviscerate the Big East. 

Middletown, Connecticut 


The blizzard of anti-Bush let- 
ters in BCMs Spring 2003 
issue prompts me to respond 
to such unbecoming hostility 
from people who presumably 

champion tolerance, which, 
by the way, should include 
tolerance for other points of 
view — even Republicans'. 

Bush's first obligation is 
the protection and safety of 
the American people, and to 
that end he has shown himself 
to be a strong and decisive 
leader, which is exactly what 
we need now. The stakes are 
too high for pussyfooting 
around. When Bill Clinton 
bombed Iraq in 1998, where 
was the moral outrage from 
the left? Does any clear-think- 
ing person really believe that, 
five years later, Saddam had 
fewer weapons of mass de- 

Medford, Massachusetts ,_ 


Many thanks to Clare 
Dunsford for "Body and Soul" 
in Spring 2003. In the article, 
Swami Tyagananda is heard to 
say that sex, most of all, is an 
obstacle to achievement of an 
enlightened life. The swami's 
choice of a celibate life may 
have readers concluding that 
this is the only acceptable op- 
tion for the yoga practitioner. 
However, life as a married 
householder is an equally ac- 
ceptable alternative. For inter- 
ested BCM readers, I'd like to 
recommend Health, Healing & 
Beyond: Yoga and the Living 
Tradition of Kiishnamacharya 
(1998) byTK.V Desikachar. 

Tallahassee, Florida 

I read "One of Ours" (Eileen 
Donovan-Kranz, Spring 2003) 
on the commuter rail this 
morning. I too have an uncle 
whom I never met, who died 
when his Coast Guard cutter 

was torpedoed in the North 
Atlantic in World War II. 
There is a playground in 
Hull, Massachusetts, named 
in his memory. The last time 
I drove by this playground, 
about four years ago, it was 
very poorly maintained, and 
the description of Donovan- 
Kranz's great uncle's beach 
seemed to fit: "equal parts 
honor and insult." 

Just this past winter, I 
came across my uncle's last 
letters. He sounded cheerful 
and sure that he would be 
coming home. I'm now sit- 
ting here at my desk in the 
Federal Reserve Bank and 
my view is straight across 
Logan Airport to Winthrop. 
I think I'll get out my binoc- 
ulars later to see if I can lo- 
cate Donovan Beach. 

Medway, Massachusetts 


Your story in Fall 2002 on 
butterflies ("Flight Plan," by 
Chet Raymo) brings back 
memories of one of BC's 
great professors of the 1930s 
and 1940s, J. Francis Xavier 
Murphy, SJ. Murphy could 
hold impromptu lectures on 
any subject, and as his fame 
spread Harvard couldn't re- 
sist asking him to come to 
speak — on the condition that 
the subject matter would be 
secret until he "opened the 
envelope." Well, the subject 
was butterflies, and the Jesuit 
spoke for nearly two hours. 

Framingham, Massachusetts 

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Was the string of glowing dots of any use? The question from Previte (right) drew Fourkas (left) in a new direction. 

The accidental 


The world owes penicillin to a moldy petri dish, microwave ovens 
to a melted chocolate bar. Add to those accidental discoveries the 
X-ray machine, nylon, Teflon, Velcro, safety glass, and cornflakes, 
and you see that serendipity is a force like gravity or electromag- 
netism, able to redirect a scientist's work as swiftly as a dam burst 
alters the course of a river. In the summer of 1999, serendipity paid 
a visit to the laboratory of BC's Professor John Fourkas. A young 

4 SUMMER 2003 

chemist whose work on the 
dynamics of liquids had al- 
ready won him important hon- 
ors (an Alfred P. Sloan 
Research Fellowship and a 
Camille Dreyfus Teacher- 
Scholar Award, among them), 
Fourkas found himself divert- 
ed, purely by chance, into a 
quite different area of re- 
search: three-dimensional op- 
tical memory. 

The field is one of high 
stakes and huge technical chal- 
lenges. Unlike the familiar 
two-dimensional world of CDs 
and DVDs, in which lasers 
write and read data on a flat 
surface, 3-D memory technol- 
ogy will burrow beneath the 
surface of a disc. Lasers will 
store data on dozens or hun- 
dreds of different planes at dif- 
ferent depths, and consumers 
will have to learn yet another 
Greek prefix: Beyond kilo- 
bytes, megabytes, and giga- 
bytes, 3-D optical discs will 
store tovzbytes — trillions of 
bytes — of data. Hundreds of 
movies or an entire college li- 
brary will sit on a disk the size 
of a CD. That, at least, is the 
technology's promise. After 
years of trying, academic and 
commercial researchers have 
yet to devise a 3-D optical 
memory system that is both 
practical and inexpensive. But 
the technique that Fourkas and 
his lab team stumbled across 
that summer's day may be one 
of the strongest contenders 

It started with a chemistry 
experiment gone bad. Fourkas 
and some graduate students 
were preparing to investigate 
the properties of deeply super- 
cooled liquids, materials that 
can remain in a liquid state 
even at temperatures below 
their normal freezing point. 

"What we were looking for 
was a deeply supercooled liq- 
uid that would be ideal to 
study at room temperature," 
Fourkas recalls. Trying differ- 
ent materials, he and his stu- 
dents would pepper a sample 
with luminescent "tracer" mol- 
ecules, shine a laser through 
the tip of a microscope, then 
observe how bits of the sample 
behaved, using the tracers as a 
guide. One class of materials 
they tested was a slightly al- 
tered form of phenolphthalein, 
a useful, if unpronounceable, 
staple of childhood chemistry 
sets. The materials were a dud. 
"After we shined our laser on 
them for a while, we found 
that they started to give off 
light, drowning out the light 
from the tracers," says 
Fourkas. "So we abandoned 

Months later, Michael 
Previte, then a graduate stu- 
dent in Fourkas's lab, was at- 
tempting to fix a calibration 
problem in the lab's sophisti- 
cated microscope and laser ap- 
paratus. Needing a material 
that would shine under the mi- 
croscope, he pulled out a sam- 
ple of the phenolphthalein-like 
substance. "I knew that focus- 
ing the laser on one place in 
the material would create a 
bright fluorescent spot. So, to 
help calibrate the microscope 
stage, I made a diagonal line of 
bright spots across the screen," 
Previte recounts. What he 
hadn't anticipated was that the 
spots would continue to emit 
light even when he later 
scanned them with the laser at 
much lower power. "For want 
of a better term, it looked 
cool," he says. 

Previte showed the string 
of glowing dots to his mentor. 
Was it useful for anything? 

"No, I don't think so," 
Fourkas replied. Only later 
that night did the significance 
of the find begin to dawn on 
Fourkas: A technique that 
could create fluorescent spots 
at precise locations and then 
read them back might find a 
use in three-dimensional opti- 
cal memory. 

Of the many ingenious ap- 
proaches that have emerged 
for storing data in three di- 
mensions, all have major draw- 
backs. Some methods store 
complex images in the form of 
holograms, but they require 
such fine control over the 
movement of lasers and discs 
that they work only under lab- 
oratory conditions. A tech- 
nique that zaps tiny bubbles 
into fused silica needs an ex- 
pensive high-powered laser 
and produces layers that are 
relatively far apart. Another 
general approach — creating lu- 
minescent dots in organic ma- 
terials — has been hampered by 

problems of its own. But, as 
Fourkas soon learned, he and 
Previte had just solved several 
of them. 

One by one, the advantages 
of the phenolphthalein-like 
materials became clear. Unlike 
other luminescent materials 
being tried elsewhere, they 
worked with relatively low- 
power, low-cost lasers. They 
could be made cheaply and 
easily; the same molecular 
family includes Devcon 5- 
Minute Epoxy — which, unbe- 
knownst to the manufacturer, 
stores data beautifully. And 
over time the materials held 
on to the data like, well, glue. 
Lasers could read the lumines- 
cent dots repeatedly without 
either the background growing 
brighter or the dots growing 
much dimmer, a liability of 
other inexpensive materials. In 
fact, even after a million 
reads — a pounding that is un- 
likely to be administered in ac- 
tual use — the dots had lost 


only 10 percent of their lumi- 
nosity. "Suddenly," says 
Fourkas, "we realized this ma- 
terial was pretty special." 

Over the next year, Fourkas 
and his crew began to find out 
why that was so. It turned out 
that molecules in the material 
were becoming luminescent 
because of chemical changes 
caused by the laser. Those 
changes occurred only when 
the molecules absorbed three 
photons, or particles of light, 
simultaneously. To guarantee 
that three photons would ar- 
rive at once, the molecules had 
to be bombarded with many 
photons over a short period of 
time. Writing data, then, was a 
matter of focusing the laser on 
a certain point and delivering a 
short but intense burst of 
light. Reading was different. 
For those same molecules to 
give off light again, they need- 
ed to absorb only two photons. 
That meant the data could be 
read with relatively weak puls- 
es of light that posed no risk of 
accidentally writing new spots. 
All of this added up to an ap- 
proach that was promising 
enough to earn Fourkas a 
$344,000 grant from the Air 
Force Office of Scientific 
Research in April 2001. 

SINCE THEN, Fourkas and 
company have been inching 
closer to the goal of building a 
practical 3-D optical memory 
system. "The most exciting 
moment for me," says 
Christopher Olson, a graduate 
student who worked on the 
project, "was when I realized 
how, theoretically, our storage 
density was orders of magni- 
tude higher than audio CDs, 
and several-fold higher than 
today's DVDs." The team has 
succeeded in writing 25 layers 

of data in a sample of material, 
which — scaled up to disc 
size — would equal 87 giga- 
bytes of data, or 130 times 
what a CD holds. Eventually, 
says Fourkas, they should be 
able to break the terabyte bar- 
rier, squeezing 150 layers onto 
each side of a disc. 

But adding layers is just 
one item on a rather extensive 
to-do list. To succeed com- 
mercially, discs will have to be 
readable with low-power com- 
modity lasers — to which end 
Fourkas is mapping out a tech- 
nique that uses only one pho- 
ton of light instead of two. 
Discs will also need to be 
writable much faster than the 
present snail's pace of 10,000 
bits per second. And, ideally, 

the discs should be rewritable, 
which they currently are not. 
Answers to those quandaries 
might present themselves as 
the researchers get a firmer 
grasp on the chemical changes 
that cause the materials to flu- 
oresce in the first place. "We 
have to understand what hap- 
pens at the microscopic level 
in order to rationally improve 
the materials," Fourkas says. 
There's one more item on 
that to-do list: licensing the 
technology as quickly as possi- 
ble. Thanks to a paper that 
Fourkas, Olson, and Previte 
(now a postdoctoral fellow at 
MIT) published in the 
November 2002 issue of 
Nature Materials, their work 
has generated a lot of press. 

Now Fourkas is hoping that 
some farsighted company will 
step in and help nurse the 
technology to commercial via- 
bility. It's a question of priori- 
ties, he explains: "Of all the 
projects I'm working on, this 
may be the one with the 
broadest potential impact on 
the public. Yet it's moving to- 
ward a realm that's more engi- 
neering than science. Once it 
gets to a certain point, I'd like 
to hand it off and watch it 
from a distance." In other 
words, he is a chemist first, and 
chemistry beckons. 

David Brittan 

David Brittan is a freelance 
writer and editor who lives in 
Newburyport, Massachusetts. 

for Baghdad — With the war in 
Iraq, another "BC" has attracted 
new attention. Baghdad College 
was founded by the Jesuits in 1932 
and staffed with priests from the 
New England Province, including 
four current members of the 
Boston College community (pic- 
tured, clockwise from top left: 
Charles Healy, SJ; Robert Farrell, 
SJ; Neil Decker, SJ; James Morgan, 
SJ). At its peak, the school had 
1,000 students, half of whom were 
Muslim. The Jesuits offered a rig- 
orous education in both English 
and Arabic, with no attempt to 
proselytize. They also opened a 
coed university named Al-Hikma in 
1956. But in 1969, Saddam Hus- 
sein's Baath Socialist Party expelled 
the Jesuits from Iraq and the 
schools were taken over by the gov- 
ernment. Since the 1970s, a re- 
union of Iraqis educated by the 
Jesuits has been held every other 
year; the most recent, in Toronto, 
attracted over 1,200 alumni. In an 
interview with the BC Chronicle, Fr. 
Morgan said of Baghdad College: 
"It was my idea of what St. Ignatius 
called us to do — to go into the 
whole world." 

6 SUMMER 2003 



It is early September 2002, and behind the thick pudding- 
stone walls of the Burns library, Kathaleen Brearley, an as- 
sistant rare books cataloguer, opens a slim volume of poetry 
to begin her usual painstaking examination and notations. 
The book is a well-preserved but ordinary-enough 1931 
edition of the poems of one Christy MacKaye, a name that 
rings no bells for Brearley. Nor is it clear, at first glance, why 
the book has found its way to her hands. The reason be- 
comes plain on the title page, where, in an elegant, back- 
ward-leaning script, the author has penned, "To Lady 
Gregory with sincere regards." The book is what is known 
in the trade as a "presentation copy," that is, a copy in- 
scribed by the author. But in this case, it is the recipient, not 
the author, who is famous. By virtue of belonging to Lady 
Gregory, a key figure in the Irish Revival and the cofounder 
with W.B. Yeats of Dublin's Abbey Theatre, this obscure 
volume has a rightful place at Burns, the home of one of the 
world's outstanding collections of Irish and Irish-American 
manuscripts and books. 

But the book holds a secret — or an unexpected gift, at 
any rate — in the form of an envelope, stuck between the 
leaves, addressed to Lady Gregory at her home in Coole 
Park in Galway, postmarked August 28, 1931. Contained 
within is a heartfelt thank-you note to Lady Gregory from 
Christy MacKaye: "This is very late to let you know how 
much it meant to both Miss Buckles and myself to come and 
see you. It was wonderfully kind of you to let us. Certainly 
it was a climax of good fortune to meet Mr. Yeats there too." 
At Burns, such "climax of good fortune" as finding this sim- 
ple fragment of past society is not a daily occurrence, but it 
happens sometimes. 

John Atteberry, senior reference librarian at Burns, once 
discovered, tucked in a newly acquired book, a press ticket 
to a Yale-Dartmouth football game from 1933, bearing no- 
tice that only men would be admitted in the press box. (He 
kindly sent it off to the library at Dartmouth, receiving word 
back that, on that date, "Yale prevailed.") He also happened 
on three beautiful, anonymous, and undated red crayon 
drawings of flowers folded into the pages of a 16th-century 
book on gardening, a sort of early House and Garden com- 
plete with etchings of horticultural schemes, garden tools, 
and flora. And on the title page of a biography of Jack Yeats, 
the eminent artist and brother of W.B. , Atteberry found the 
profoundest kind of signature, a small sketch of a horse, 

Student discovery: a memorial card for Irish patriot Patrick Pearse's mother 

done in light blue, by Jack Yeats himself — the artist's touch, 
an alchemy that turned book into personal artifact. The 
writer's hand similarly transforms a plain green presentation 
copy of the 1949 edition of The Co??iplete Poems of Rob en 
Frost. Frost inscribed the volume to the late Arthur 
MacGillivray, SJ, who wrote poetry and taught English at 
Boston College. But what makes this book more special is 
that it contains a six-line poem that Frost wrote out and ini- 
tialed in his own bold, blocky hand. 

David Horn, head librarian for archives and manuscripts, 
was stunned when he discovered the lines. "First thought," 
he recalls, "was, 'I wonder if this is an unpublished poem,'" 


Archivist Copenhagen with his find, Gregory Corso's Madonna 

which would have been a fabulous find. Frost happens to be 
Horn's favorite poet, and as Horn read on, the lines had a fa- 
miliar ring: 

But God's own descent 
Into flesh was meant 
As a demonstration 
That the supreme merit 
Lay in risking spirit 
In substantiation. 

Further investigation revealed them to be from the long 
poem "Kitty Hawk," published in Frost's In the Clearing in 
1962. Curiously, the handwritten lines in the copy were 
given a title of their own — "The Risk" — which they do not 
have in the longer poem. The subject is decidedly theologi- 
cal, says Horn: "He's talking about the risk the divinity took 
coming down and becoming flesh." Looking at those care- 
fully penned black lines, it is impossible not to feel that 
Frost selected them and their title quite deliberately for the 

message they would bear to Fr. MacGillivray. 

Recently, assistant archivist Ed Copenhagen has been 
going through the papers of the late Francis Sweeney, SJ, 
who for many years ran BC's Humanities Lecture Series, 
and who was a friend and correspondent of many prominent 
writers. Because, as Copenhagen puts it, Fr. Sweeney's views 
of literature were "a little more modern," Copenhagen was 
not entirely surprised to find a letter from the eccentric Beat 
poet Gregory Corso, whom Sweeney invited to speak at the 
University in the 1970s. However, what accompanied the 
letter was quite unexpected: a large pencil drawing by Corso 
titled Finite Madonna, Infinite Child, which, despite contain- 
ing some aspects of a traditional Madonna and Child, casts 
a decidedly quirky spin on the subject. (Around the edge of 
the infant's face, for example, are numbers as they would ap- 
pear on a clock face, except that "12" has been replaced by 
the infinity symbol.) 

SOME OF the odd detritus that is serendipitously retrieved 
by Burns 's cataloguers and librarians requires historical con- 
text for its meaning to be understood. An item that is rela- 
tively insignificant in itself but conveys a particularly vivid 
sense of the past, in part because of its very plainness, was 
discovered by a BC student who was going through a cache 
of Irish books that the library had purchased a while back. 
In one unremarkable volume the student found a small holy 
card issued for the 1932 funeral of a Mrs. Margaret Pearse. 
Burns's librarians were able to identify her as the mother of 
Patrick Pearse, poet, school teacher, and hero of the Irish 
rebellion of 1916, who was executed for signing the Irish de- 
claration of independence, along with all the other signato- 
ries. Pearse was a young man when he was killed. The 
expression of unutterable sadness on Mrs. Pearse's face in 
the tiny photograph that graces the black and white card 
tells a mother's, and a country's, tragedy. 

Among the unexpected finds at Burns, some are valuable, 
such as the extremely rare prayer card — two by three inch- 
es and still white — that Jesuitana cataloguer Ross Shanley- 
Roberts found in a 349-year-old religious daybook last fall. 
And some have no discernable value at all, such as an anony- 
mous sheaf of notes in French, written in miniscule script 
on tissue-thin paper, discovered in a 1949 book about the 
exercises of St. Ignatius. 

As a rule, found items of any value at all are catalogued 
and reassigned to an appropriate BC collection. But the un- 
attributed and abandoned French scribblings, perhaps the 
diligence of a reviewer, perhaps the research of a scholar, 
have been allowed to remain tucked into the book where 
they were found. What librarian, after all, could throw away 
evidence of such attention to the word? 

Susan Miller 

Susan Miller is a freelance writer in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 

8 SUMMER 2003 


BC admission and the Michigan rulings 

While recent Supreme Court 
decisions in two affirmative ac- 
tion cases have left college ad- 
mission offices from 
Massachusetts to California 
scrambling to adjust to an al- 
tered landscape, the rulings 
will not affect Boston College 
because BC's admission policy 
is already "in compliance with 
the letter and spirit of the de- 
cisions," says John L. 
Mahoney, Jr., director of un- 
dergraduate admission. 

The two high court cases 
scrutinized the use of race as a 
criterion in undergraduate and 
law school admissions at the 
University of Michigan. In de- 
cisions announced on June 2 3 , 
the court found that colleges 
could consider an applicant's 
race, but only as part of a 
"truly individualized," holistic 
evaluation process. By contrast, 

the court invalidated policies 
where race is the decisive fac- 
tor and where "mechanical" 
admission policies assign a nu- 
merical weight to an applicant's 
race. Schools like Michigan 
and the University of 
Massachusetts, which have re- 
lied on such numerical scoring 
systems, will have to shift to a 
more complex — and likely 
more costly — admission 
process if they want to contin- 
ue using race as a factor. 

In undergraduate admis- 
sions, BC considers race as one 
of many factors, alongside aca- 
demic preparation, a record of 
leadership in extracurricular ac- 
tivities, family ties to the 
University, and special gifts in 
areas such as athletics and the 
arts. "No particular value is as- 
signed to the variables," says 
Mahoney. "We look at the 

whole picture and make a pro- 
fessional judgment." Current 
undergraduate enrollment is 
approximately 10 percent 
Asian, 8 percent Latino, and 6 
percent African-American. The 
law school is approximately 24 
percent AHANA; the Lynch 
School of Education's graduate 
programs are 13.5 percent. 

Acccording to Academic 
Vice President Jack Neuhauser, 
affirmative action at BC's grad- 
uate and professional schools 
mainly takes the form of out- 
reach and recruitment, though 
race is also given some weight 
in admissions as "one of the 
factors added in." But 
Neuhauser emphasizes that, 
like the undergraduate admis- 
sion office, the graduate and 
professional schools use a non- 
mechanical process. "We do 
not have anything like a nu- 

meric quota," he says. "We ob- 
viously try hard to recruit mi- 
nority students, with varying 
degrees of success, but we do it 
as much for our own benefit as 
for theirs. We simply want a 
student body that represents 
this country, and to some ex- 
tent goes beyond the borders 
of this country, because it's bet- 
ter for our students." 

The same holds true at the 
undergraduate level, according 
to Mahoney. In addition, he 
says, taking race and economic 
status into account keeps faith 
with BC's founding mission of 
educating the "truly marginal- 
ized and disenfranchised" — in 
the 1860s, the sons of Irish 
Catholic immigrants. 

David Reich 

David Reich is a freelance writer 
in Boston. 


Honors Program 134: "Twentieth Century and the Tradition" 

— Adjunct Associate Professor Michael Martin 

a) Briefly state how three of the following four define 
or describe "human being" or "being human": the 
Humanist Manifestos (consider these as one statement) 
• Sartre's Existentialism is a Humanism • Heidegger's 
Letter on Humanism • Derrida's The Ends of Man and 
On Forgiveness 

b) Use one of the following novels to explore this 
problem of "being human": Michael Cunningham's The 
Hours • D. M. Thomas's The White Hotel • Jeanette 
Winterson's Written on the Body 

2 a) Describe the relationship between "love" and "desire" 
in each of the following: Angela Carter's The Infernal 
Desire Machines of Dr. Hoffman • D.Jvl. Thomas's The 
White Hotel • Jeanette Winterson's Written on the Body 

b) Consider how each relates to one of the following: 
Heidegger's concept of "comportment" • Sartre's concept 
of "freedom" • Charles Taylor's concept of the "individual" 



Connell School enjoys lean times 

Reflecting a nationwide surge 
of interest in the nursing pro- 
fession, undergraduate applica- 
tions to Boston College's 
Connell School of Nursing in- 
creased by 52 percent this 
year, following a 42 percent 
increase the year before. The 
graduate nursing program's 
position in the US News & 
World Report graduate school 
rankings, meanwhile, jumped 
more than 10 places, into the 
top 20. 

Several factors help to ex- 
plain the nursing program's 
growing attraction, according 
to CSON dean Barbara 
Hazard Munro. One is the 
continuing availability of de- 
cent paying jobs in the field, in 
an otherwise faltering job mar- 

ket. Nurses "can go almost 
anyplace they want — literally 
in the world — and not only 
find a job, but one with work- 
ing hours that suit them," says 
Munro. Moreover, nursing is 
recovering from a slump of its 
own, a period of low interest 
in the 1980s and 1990s, during 
which some colleges and uni- 
versities cut back on their 
nursing programs. With those 
ebb years now past, the re- 
maining schools are working 
hard to pick up the slack, says 

The number of students 
enrolling in nursing programs 
nationwide rose 8 percent last 
year, according to a report by 
the American Association of 
Colleges of Nursing. But that 

means "we're only getting 
back to where we were eight 
or 10 years ago," says Munro. 
She warns that the national 
shortage of nurses is projected 
to become more serious over 
the next decade, and that 
meeting the demand for new 
nurses will not be easy. In 
most nursing schools, addi- 
tional faculty and clinical 
placement slots will be needed 
to cover any significant in- 
creases in enrollment. 

MEANWHILE at BC, compe- 
tition was intense this year for 
admission to the Connell 
School's 12-month alternative 
nursing education program, 
which prepares college gradu- 
ates for the nursing licensing 

exam. There were 200 applica- 
tions for the program's 32 slots. 

At the graduate level, US 
News & World Report rated 
CSON 19th among all master's 
degree nursing programs in 
the country, tied with six other 
institutions. Munro cites the 
Connell School's access to 
Boston's abundant teaching 
hospitals and notes that the in- 
stitutions ranked ahead of 
CSON are all attached to aca- 
demic medical centers. Yale 
University (tied for 10th) is the 
only other New England insti- 
tution in the US News survey. 
Reid Oslin 

Reid Oslin is the senior media re- 
lations officer in BCs Office of 
Public Affairs. 








M"V I AM UM \Mu. 'MM'' s 

eyewitness — Opening this fall at 
the McMullen Museum of Art, the 
exhibit Reflections in Black will offer 
African-American photography 
from the Smithsonian collection, 
documenting civil rights activism 
from the 1950s to the end of the 
20th century. The 1968 photo at 
left by Ernest C. Withers shows a 
sanitation workers' strike in Mem- 
phis, Tennessee, and what would 
be Martin Luther King, Jr.'s last 
march. The exhibit will run from 
September 26 to December 7. For 
information, call (617) 552-8587, or 
visit the museum Web site: 
www. be. edu/artmuseum 

10 SUMMER 2003 


New research: Has welfare reform hurt children? 

Since 1996, when the Welfare 
Reform Act attached stricter 
work requirements and a five- 
year lifetime maximum to the 
receipt of benefits, mothers on 
public assistance have moved 
into the workforce in increas- 
ing numbers. Assistant 
Professor Rebekah Levine 
Coley in the Lynch School of 
Education has been examining 
the effect of this shift on chil- 
dren. With fellow researchers 
from Johns Hopkins and 
Northeastern universities, she 
presented research findings in 
the March 7, 2003, issue of 
Science magazine. 

Coley and her colleagues 
focused their study on children 
at two key developmental 
stages: ages two to four and 
early adolescence. They re- • 
ported on 2,402 mothers and 
their children living in low-in- 
come neighborhoods of 
Boston, Chicago, and San 
Antonio. The families were in- 
terviewed in 1999 and again in 
2001. According to the study, 
preschool children showed no 
pattern of effects when as- 
sessed in the areas of cognitive 
achievement, behavior, and 
psychological well-being — re- 
gardless of whether their 
mothers had transitioned onto 
or off of welfare, into or out of 

"I don't think that means 
the changes from welfare re- 
form are having no negative ef- 
fects," Coley cautions. "Some 
families are struggling" more 
than others — for instance, 
when it comes to finding suit- 

Coley: Initial findings are "hopeful." 

able childcare. 

Among children ages 10 to 
14, there was a slight indica- 
tion that the youngsters bene- 
fited psychologically from 
their mothers taking jobs. 
Based on the children's own 
admissions, it seems that hav- 
ing a working mother relieves 
some of the worry that young 
adolescents feel over family fi- 
nances, even as having a job, 
the study suggests, increases 
the self-esteem of mothers 
themselves, making them 
stronger role models. 

Overall, Coley calls the ini- 
tial findings "hopeful." The 
researchers didn't turn up "the 
negative trajectory that some 

people expected," she says. But 
several caveats accompany the 
report: Little can be concluded 
about the long-term effects of 
welfare reform, because the 
surveys took place over only 
16 months. And since the 
study was conducted during a 
period of marked U.S. eco- 
nomic health that brought 
higher wages to unskilled 
labor, it tells little about the 
impact that a worsening job 
market might have on welfare 

Coley expects to have new 
data in 2004 that will reflect 
the economic downturn of the 
past few years. 

Nicole Estvanik 


Chemistry professor Scott Miller 
has received the Pfizer Award 
for Creativity in Organic 
Chemistry in the amount of 
$ioo,ooo. Miller is developing 
catalysts for use in the produc- 
tion of pharmaceuticals. 
Sociology professor Diane 
Vaughan has received a 
Guggenheim Fellowship to sup- 
port her research on air traffic 
control in the 2ist century. She 
recently served as an expert wit- 
ness in the investigation of the 
Columbia space shuttle disaster. 


Moakley Professor of Political 
Science Kay Schlozman and 
Professor Larry Wolff of the his- 
tory department have been 
elected fellows of the American 
Academy of Arts & Sciences. 
Fellow honorees this year in- 
clude four college presidents, 
three Nobel Prize winners, and 
four Pulitzer Prize winners. 


Professor M. Hossein Safizadeh 
has been named interim dean of 
the Carroll School of Manage- 
ment for the upcoming academ- 
ic year, replacing Helen Peters, 
who resigned in May to focus 
on teaching and research. 


Physics major Alexander A. 
Demidov '04 has won a Barry 
M. Goldwater Scholarship, 
which provides $7,500 per year 
and is considered the premier 
undergraduate award in math, 
engineering, and the sciences. 


Students voted history professor 
Cynthia Lyerly BC's Phi Beta 
Kappa Teacher of the Year. Her 
courses include "Gender in 
American History." 



Frank talk about Islam and the modern world 

Must modernity pose a threat 
to Islam? Is it possible to be 
thoroughly modern and also 
Muslim? Those were among 
the questions that 16 Muslim 
scholars took up at a subur- 
ban-Boston mosque one 
Friday in June. The lively ses- 
sion was part of a 30-day 
"Church, State, and Society" 
seminar organized by Boston 
College's Boisi Center for 
Religion and American Public 

The academics were 
Fulbright Scholars visiting the 
United States primarily from 
Muslim countries; their fields 
ranged from political science 
to linguistics to Islamic histo- 
ry. The Boisi Center had 
arranged for them to attend 
Friday prayers at the Islamic 
Center of Boston, in Wayland, 
then to remain for an open 
discussion of modernity. 
Several members of the 
mosque lingered after the ser- 
vice and joined the talk. 

"This is a chance for the 
visiting scholars to meet an 
American Muslim community, 
some of them for the first 
time, and to have an exchange 
of views," said Qamar-ul 
Huda, an organizer of the 
event and professor of Islamic 
studies in Boston College's 
theology department. The 
Fulbright tour, which ended 
July 2, was developed to give 
the Muslim scholars exposure 
to America's religious diversity, 
its commitment to religious 
freedom and tolerance, and 
the ways in which religion 

From left: Huda of BC; Abouddahab of Lyon University; and Ibrahima 
Badiane of Senegal's Islamic Institute of Dakar 

shapes U.S. society, said 
Huda, who joined the BC fac- 
ulty in 1997 and teaches the 
history of Islamic thought and 
Sufism. "We want to challenge 
their thinking," said Huda. 
"However, we're not just in- 
terested in teaching them, but 
also in what we in America 
and at BC can learn from 
them." The seminar was spon- 
sored at BC by both the Boisi 

Center and the College of Arts 
and Sciences. 

The discussion in Wayland 
was led by the visiting scholars 
themselves. Twenty partici- 
pants sat shoeless in a circle on 
the carpeted floor of the 
mosque's prayer hall, where 
moments before they had 
bowed in prayer to Allah. 
Wearing Western business 
suits, colorful African robes, 

chadors, flowing white robes, 
and casual jerseys, the discus- 
sants represented more than a 
dozen different countries, 
from Bangladesh, Malaysia, 
Indonesia, and the Philippines 
to South Africa, France, and 
the Netherlands. Also repre- 
sented were Senegal, Uganda, 
and Nigeria, as well as India, 
Pakistan, and Turkey. 

The group began by ex- 
ploring the ways in which 
modernity, with its emphasis 
on reason, individual rights, 
and material progress, and 
Islam, with its emphasis on 
tradition, community, and his- 
tory, are in tension. But chal- 
lenged by some of the 
scholars, as well as by a mem- 
ber of the mosque, they also 
explored the possibility that 
Islam needs to recapture a 
commitment to key elements 
of modernity that it once em- 

"I think Islam is essentially 
modern in its ethos," said 
Aisha Mahmood Farooqui, a 
university professor in 
Hyderabad, India, who teaches 
courses on the development of 
Indo-Muslim thought and the 
role of women in Islam. "But 
it is true that in many Muslim 
countries, Islam has gotten 
sidetracked away from that." 

"What is this problem be- 
tween Islam and modernity?" 
Zafarullah Cheema of 
Sudbury, Massachusetts, asked 
rhetorically. A retired 
Pakistani-born engineer and a 
member of the Islamic Center 
of Boston, he had remained 

12 SUMMER 2003 

after prayers for the discus- 
sion. Cheema noted that early 
Islam gave equal rights to 
women and favored rule by 
the people, not kings and 
caliphs. He also said that the 
Koran urges Muslims to ex- 
plore the heavens and know 
the physical world, and that, 
during Europe's Dark Ages, 
Muslim thinkers were on the 
cutting edge of science. "Islam 
should be the most modern re- 
ligion," he said. 

Many participants agreed, 
but some also cited inevitable 
strains. Mohammed Redouane 
Abouddahab, a professor of 
American studies at Lyon 
University in France, said that 
Americans' emphasis on the 
present moment is foreign to 
Islam. "The question of tradi- 
tion is very crucial to us," he 
said. "If you are a Muslim, the 
past is always there." Noting a 
spreading sense of alienation 
and spiritual malaise caused by 
the "cyber age," Abouddahab 
asked whether Islam should 
look to its dynamic early histo- 
ry, with its emphasis on com- 
munity, to counter it. He cited 
the expansion of Islam in the 

seventh and eighth centuries, 
when it spread triumphantly 
out of Arabia in all directions. 
Muslims during that era creat- 
ed models of governance, four 
main schools of law, and the 
ulama, or community of schol- 
ars, to preserve doctrine and 
tradition. Mention of Islam's 
golden epoch drew a reply 
from Huda, who warned 
against idealizing the "oldie 
goldie classical age" of Islam 
too much, noting, for example, 
the often bloody struggles over 
political power that distracted 
the Muslim world from its the- 
ology and mission. "If we are 
honest with our past, we have 
to admit that there are some 
things that did not work." 

AT FIRST, the conversation 
moved haltingly as Malek 
Khaldun, a political theorist at 
Malaysia's University of 
Malaya who acted as modera- 
tor, tried to balance speakers' 
air time and involve everyone. 
But soon a more natural pace 
took hold, with several speak- 
ers gesturing dramatically and 
interrupting one another, 
never rising from their cross- 

At left, Sadia Mahmood of Pakistan, with Farhat A. Husain, a secretary in 
the president's office at BC 

legged positions on the floor. 

Mary Lajah of Boxborough, 
an American convert to Islam 
and a mosque member, spoke 
freely. The three female 
Fulbright scholars in the room 
said little at first, but 
Farooqui, the professor of 
Islamic studies in Hyderabad, 
India, eventually spoke up, in 
her calm way, several times. 

Fulbright scholar Sadia 
Mahmood, a doctrinal student 
and instructor in comparative 
religion at the Fatima Jinnah 
Women's University in 
Pakistan, said that one aspect 
of modernity — the separation 
of church and state — chal- 
lenges conservative Islam's 
long tradition of theocracy and 
laws dictated by the Koran. 
"In my country, the religion is 
the state and state is religion," 
she said softly. "There is no 
separation." A standard of 
modernity that requires divid- 
ing religion from government, 
she added, is unlikely to make 
much headway in her home 

Mark Potter, a theology 
graduate student at Boston 
College who helped drive the 
scholars to Wayland, said the 
spirit of individualism that 
drives American popular cul- 
ture poses ethical dilemmas for 
traditionalists of all persua- 
sions. He cited the conflict be- 
tween the time-honored 
expectation that aging parents 
will be cared for at home by 
their children and the more 
"modern" nursing home solu- 
tion that maximizes the 
younger generation's career 
opportunities and income. 
"Modernity does seem to pose 
a challenge," he said, but it 
does so in a similar way for ad- 
herents of all ancient religious 
traditions, including 

Catholicism and Islam. 

Fulbright scholar Levent 
Ermek, a Dutch politician who 
is involved with issues of plu- 
ralism and tolerance in his 
adopted country, pointed out a 
tendency within the group to 
blame modernity and defend 
Islam. "Many Muslim coun- 
tries face huge difficulties, the 
exploitation of women, pover- 
ty, lack of democratic struc- 
tures," Ermek said. "To admit 
and face these problems is not 
an attack on Islam. So we 
shouldn't be defensive." 

Cheema, the mosque mem- 
ber from Pakistan, pursued the 
point and, by happenstance 
rather than design, got in the 
last word. He said that the lack 
of education and poverty in 
some predominantly Islamic 
countries had actually weak- 
ened Islam in those nations, 
opening the way for politicians 
and "chauvinistic elements" to 
usurp Islam for their own pur- 
poses. The answer, he said, is 
for Muslims not to reject 
modernity, but to absorb and 
use its best elements — among 
them, democracy and a more 
egalitarian understanding of 
human rights. 

The 90-minute discussion 
ended without a consensus, 
chiefly because it was so en- 
gaging that everyone lost track 
of the time and had to rush 
out to keep to the day's sched- 
ule. Although Western indi- 
vidualism had come in for 
some harsh criticism, the 
scholars packed into vans and 
cars for their next stop: a visit 
to Walden Pond in Concord, 
made famous by a certain 
American individualist. 

Richard Higgins 

Richard Higgins is a freelance 
writer in Concord, Massachusetts. 



Mary Brabeck, dean of the Lynch 
School of Education since 1996, 
will leave BC at the end of 
August to become dean of New 
York University's Steinhardt 
School of Education. During 
Brabeck's tenure, LSOE devel- 
oped successful partnerships 
with the Boston Public Schools 
and was ranked 23rd in the 
country among research gradu- 
ate schools of education by US 
News el World Report. Associate 
Dean Joseph O'Keefe, SJ, has 
been named acting dean. 


On July 2i, Boston College filed 
a motion in the U.S. District 
Court, Massachusetts, to quash 
subpoenas emanating from the 
Recording Industry Association 
of America (RIAA) to turn over 
the names and whereabouts of 
three students suspected of in- 
fringing on music copyrights 
over the Internet. Other colleges 
received subpoenas, including 
MIT, which filed a motion simi- 
lar to BC's; Bentley College, 
Loyola University Chicago, and 
Northeastern University, which 
all complied; and DePaul 
University which said it lacked 
the information to comply. BC 
stated that it "has no objection 
to providing information re- 
sponsive to the RIAA's request," 
but that to abide by the Family 
Education Rights and Privacy 
Act, the University may comply 
only when such subpoenas have 
been properly issued. The sub- 
poenas should have been is- 
sued in Massachusetts rather 
than in the District of Columbia, 
BC argued, and the University 
must have "reasonable time" to 
notify students that information 
about them has been requested. 
The complete motion can be 
read at 


The boom in philosophy 

This past spring, the number 
of undergraduate majors in 
philosophy climbed to a record 
292, continuing a nearly 
decade-long surge. According 
to outgoing department chair 
Professor Thomas Hibbs, 
Boston College "has always 
been among the top two or 
three schools in the country in 
terms of the number of philos- 
ophy majors. Now, there's no 
one close." 

Currently, 3.2 percent of 
the University's undergradu- 
ates are philosophy majors — as 
compared with 2.4 percent at 
Notre Dame, 1.7 percent at 
the University of Chicago, and 
less than 1 percent at Stanford 
University. (The most popular 
major at BC? Communication, 
with 12.5 percent of students.) 
The relatively high interest in 
philosophy is likely due to the 
wide range of exposures to the 
subject that Boston College 
offers, says Hibbs. 

All undergraduates have a 
six-credit requirement in phi- 
losophy, which many fulfill 
with the "Philosophy and the 
Person" core class. But stu- 
dents also come to the major 
through interdisciplinary 
courses. About 400 students 
each year participate in 
PULSE, a program that inte- 
grates philosophical and theo- 
logical study with community 
service. Or students can take 
one of several versions of 
"Perspectives," which pairs 
philosophy with disciplines 
ranging from the fine arts to 
the natural sciences. 

Rynne and Tellier: They didn't set out to be philosophers. 

"People don't start out as 
philosophy majors," says 
PULSE professor and new de- 
partment chair Patrick Byrne. 
"For some of them it's a 
brand-new thing." The major 
becomes a means to work 
through the "cosmic ques- 
tions" — how best to live one's 
life, how to make a more just 
society, or more basic still, 
"How can we know anything 
truly and objectively?" There 
is no defining profile of the 
philosophy major, Byrne says. 
"Half the time I can tell," but 
"other times it's people who 
have never really thought 
about these things" who sur- 
prise him by committing to 
the major. 

Paul Tellier '06, a political 
science/philosophy double 
major, says he was lured by 
philosophy's call to "not just 
look up facts but look in your- 

self." Bridget Rynne '03 en- 
tered BC intending to major in 
math but wrote her senior the- 
sis in philosophy; to her, "phi- 
losophy is a way of learning. It 
has developed me — organized 
my thoughts." According to the 
department Web site, philoso- 
phy majors at BC consistently 
rank in the top percentiles 
among students taking the 
LSAT, the gateway exam for 
law school admission. 

Professor Hibbs, who will 
assume a new post at Baylor 
University in the fall, says that 
during his time at Boston 
College there was one ques- 
tion he never heard philoso- 
phy majors struggle with: 
When will I use this knowl- 
edge? "They see philosophy as 
contributing decisively to their 
pursuit of who they are and 
where they're headed." 

Nicole Estvanik 

14 SUMMER 2003 


From the Street and academe, analysts meet to figure out the market 

If you think the past year's 
Wall Street scandals exposed 
the handful of scoundrels 
pushing weak stocks on small 
investors, then think hard 
about the following data, from 
Dartmouth finance professor 
Kent Womack. Womack, who 
spoke at a conference spon- 
sored by the Carroll School's 
finance department on June 10 
in Higgins 300, studied the ac- 
tions of hundreds of stock ana- 
lysts from more than two 
dozen brokerage firms be- 
tween 1995 and 2001. He 
found that the analysts issued 
buy recommendations 67 per- 
cent of the time, hold recom- 
mendations 30 percent of the 
time, and sell recommenda- 
tions 3 percent of the time. 
Wall Street had plenty of 
scoundrels, it seems. 

At the conference, this point 
was underscored by a paper de- 
livered by another academic 
Wall Street watcher, account- 

ing professor Richard Sloan, of 
the University of Michigan. 
Sloan's paper, which bore the 
blunt if congested title "Pump 
and Dump: An Empirical 
Analysis of the Relation be- 
tween Corporate Financing 
Activities and Sell-Side Analyst 
Research," considered accusa- 
tions that stock analysts, under 
pressure from the investment 
banking branches of their own 
firms, hyped stocks of corpora- 
tions that were planning to 
issue new equity shares. These 
new issues, known as IPOs, or 
initial public offerings, generate 
enormous fees for the invest- 
ment banks underwriting them. 
Sloan, an amiable gent with 
a blond pompadour and a 
clipped Aussie accent, started 
with the anecdotal evidence, 
the infamous e-mails in which 
stock analysts such as Jack 
Grubman, late of Salomon 
Smith Barney, admit, even 
boast, that they're touting 

Yale's Goetzmann: Academics have to look beyond investment value. 


dogs; the stories of investment 
bankers promising favorable 
stock ratings as part of their 
pitch to prospective IPO is- 
suers; the compensation 
schemes where analysts' pay is 
tied to investment banking 
profits; and so on. This trou- 
bling evidence aside, Sloan 
conceded that previous re- 
searchers had found very little 
difference between ratings of 
the stock of Corporation "X" 
by analysts whose firms had 
investment banking deals with 
the corporation and ratings of 
the same stock by analysts 
whose firms had no such deals. 

But the previous studies, 
Sloan contended, were all 
"turning the wrong dial," be- 
cause when an issue of new 
equity is in the offing, all bro- 
kerage firms come under pres- 
sure to hype the stock. Why? 
As Sloan put it, "If a company 
is raising investment capital, 
you don't want to spoil their 
party, because sometime in the 
future [their bank] may come 
around and spoil your party." 

Sloan's study results, in the 
form of 24 graphs and six ta- 
bles of statistics displayed via 
PowerPoint, seemed to indi- 
cate that he and his coauthors 
were turning the dial that mat- 
tered. The visuals showed that 
for stock analysts across the 
spectrum, long-term forecasts 
of a corporation's earnings 
growth peak in the month or 
two before an IPO by the cor- 
poration; so does the degree of 
eiTor in the long-term growth 
forecasts. The same went for 

the analysts' target prices — that 
is, their predictions of what a 
stock will cost a year and two 
years in the future — which, ac- 
cording to Sloan et al., have 
proven to be 80 percent too 
high for corporations doing 
IPOs but only 20 percent too 
high for other corporations. 

If the conference atten- 
dees — some 80 professors, 
graduate students, and industry 
suits — believed Sloan was 
being too hard on Wall Street, 
nobody ever voiced that belief, 
nor did anyone even appear 
surprised by the paper's some- 
what depressing conclusions. 

In addition to Sloan's paper, 
another conference high point 
was the sweeping indictment of 
a whole academic subdiscipline 
by one of the aforesaid indus- 
try representatives, Richard O. 
Michaud, president and chief 
investment officer of the 
Boston firm New Frontiers 
Advisors. The targeted subdis- 
cipline, behavioral finance, dis- 
cards the classical economic 
view that markets are perfectly 
rational and uses the methods 
of psychology to explain odd 
behavior like the 1990s boom 
in the stock of unprofitable 
dot-com start-ups. Michaud 
argued that behavioral finance 
disciples ignore obvious ratio- 
nal explanations for the behav- 
ior they're trying to account 
for; that they study sample pe- 
riods when their explanations 
work and ignore other periods 
when the explanations fail; and 
that their findings have "little 
investment value" — that is, you 


can't make any money from 

Yale finance professor 
William Goetzmann, a some- 
time practitioner of behavioral 
finance, attempted a defense, 
saying he understood 
Michaud's concerns but that 
academics have to look at 
things beyond investment 
value, such as "what we can 
learn about the world." 
Behavioral finance, 
Goetzmann went on, is "an 
honest intellectual endeavor" 
that is barely 10 years old and 
may yet have "implications for 
practical decision making." 

"If you're willing to say 
that behavioral finance has no 
practical implications . . . I'm 
willing to accept that," nee- 
dled Michaud, which pretty 
much ended the conversation. 

Michaud's presentation, 
along with Sloan's, was among 
the most accessible of a con- 
ference that featured screen 
after screen of complex equa- 

tions, terms like "the 
Herfindahl Index," and utter- 
ances like this one: "Both re- 
turn premia result from 
covariation with a priced-risk 
factor. . . ." And this one: "We 
estimate the betas for each test 
asset from simple returns using 
Ibbotson's sum-beta methodol- 
ogy with one lag. ..." 

"Does it mean anything for 
my 401(K)?" a non-expert ob- 
server might have asked — the 
same kind of question Michaud 
was posing in his rhetorical as- 
sault on behavioral finance. 
The answer would be a condi- 
tional yes, given lots of pa- 
tience and careful listening. 

Sloan's paper, of course, 
had a simple but important 
message for the small investor: 
Caveat emptor, especially when 
it comes to Wall Street types 
bearing free advice. 

Meanwhile, a study by 
Harvard's Ken Froot and a col- 
laborator, which Froot present- 
ed solo at the conference, 

found that a stock's style cate- 
gory — foreign or domestic, 
large cap or small, value or 
growth — affected the stock's 
price over and above the stock's 
fundamentals as reflected in ac- 
counting data. Froot, though, 
wasn't sure whether this effect 
came from rational, empirically 
based beliefs about the future 
performance of stocks in a 
given category or from irra- 
tional behavior, such as follow- 
ing the current rage for one or 
another kind of stock. 

And then there was the 
paper by Dartmouth's 
Womack. While Womack and 
his collaborator didn't take at 
face value the buy and sell sig- 
nals emanating from Wall 
Street, they did take a close 
look at changes in the signals — 
upgrades and downgrades in 
analysts' ratings of a stock — 
from "buy" up to "strong buy," 
for example, or from "buy" 
down to "hold" or "hold" 
down to "sell." Then they 

constructed a hypothetical 
portfolio that buys upgraded 
stocks and short-sells down- 
graded ones. The portfolio 
made hypothetical money, 
quite a lot of it. Lots more, 
anyway, than their other hypo- 
thetical portfolio, which sim- 
ply followed the analysts' buy 
and sell signals, and barely 
made any money at all. 

But, to take full advantage 
of the upgrade/downgrade 
strategy, an investor would 
have to sell off most of his or 
her holdings every month or 
so, replacing them with new 
stocks and new short positions 
based on the latest upgrades 
and downgrades. Considering 
the high cost of stock transac- 
tions, this looks like an expen- 
sive proposition. Expensive 
enough to wipe out the gains 
from the novel investment 
strategy? Hard to say, admit- 
ted Womack. He hadn't gotten 
around to that calculation. 

David Reich 

tribute — James Skehan, SJ, professor emeritus of geology, has a new name- 
sake, a 500-million-year-old fossil genus of trilobite officially clubbed Skehanos 

by its discoverer, geologist Mark McMenamin of Mount Holyoke College. The 
tag honors Skehan's contributions to the geology of New England. 

16 SUMMER 2003 


A Connell School project aims to ease fear in Alzheimer's patients 

Joseph Sheridan's Purple 
Heart hangs in a case on the 
wall near his bed, alongside 
the other honors he received 
during World War II. He 
fought at Guadalcanal, lost 
part of his arm and hip during 
another clash in the South 
Pacific, and overcame malaria. 

More recently, however, 
Sheridan's toughest battle was 
getting out of bed in the 
morning. The 79-year-old 
Natick, Massachusetts, resi- 
dent, who suffers from 
Alzheimer's disease, wasn't 
necessarily sleepy, or lethargic, 
or depressed. But, with his 
wife Helen's coaxing and ex- 
plaining, he understood that 
he was headed for the shower. 
And like many Alzheimer's pa- 
tients, Sheridan loathed that 
routine activity most of all. 

Sheridan didn't resist 
bathing as forcefully as many 
patients with dementia. He 
might complain, or push aside 
Helen's hand. "He's not our 
most horrific case, where 
somebody's punching or biting 
or really being physically resis- 
tant," says BC's Scott Trudeau, 
project manager of an experi- 
mental study at the Connell 
School of Nursing focusing on 
Alzheimer's patients and 
bathing. The three-year study 
is designed to determine 
whether reminiscence thera- 
py — the purposeful use of 
pleasant memories — can 
distract and relax Alzheimer's 
patients so they get through, 
or possibly even enjoy, the 
bath they once dreaded. Led 

by nursing professor Ellen 
Mahoney, the study is funded 
by $800,000 from the National 
Institute of Nursing Research. 

sweetheart Joe asked to wait 
for him when he went to war 
at age 18, and now his wife of 
57 years — including the four 
since he was diagnosed with 
frontal lobe dementia. A nat- 
ural storyteller, she embraced 
the notion that memories 
could calm her husband. And 
so, over an eight-week period, 
she bathed her husband as 
Scott Trudeau and members of 
his team observed and taught 
her reminiscence techniques. 
Trudeau studied how Helen 
approached the task; what 
techniques, including reminis- 
cences, she used; and whether 
they were effective. And he 
gauged the patient's resistance 
and comfort level. 

After Trudeau completed 
his observation, a nurse from 

the program worked with 
Helen, helping her pin down 
topics that might elicit some of 
the pleasant recollections still 
remaining in her husband's 
long-term memory. 

Now, at bath time, Helen 
routinely talks about the cou- 
ple's trip to the Australian 
town where Joseph recuperat- 
ed after the war. She talks 
about growing up together in 
their old neighborhood, about 
a 1938 snowstorm when milk- 
men delivered their goods on 
giant sleds, and about their 
nine children. 

"Reminiscence has the po- 
tential to enter into that place 
that is still intact and craving 
human connectedness," 
Mahoney says. The professor 
has developed a scale for mea- 
suring resistiveness, distin- 
guishing 13 behaviors, from 
saying no to hitting to kicking. 
Still in its early stages, her 
project eventually will educate 
120 spouse-caregivers in remi- 

niscence therapy and compare 
the bathing experience with 
and without the intervention. 
Three BC undergraduates and 
four graduate students are part 
of the team. 

The study focuses only on 
patients living at home. That's 
where more than 70 percent 
of America's 4 million 
Alzheimer's patients reside, ac- 
cording to the Alzheimer's 
Association. Caregivers strug- 
gle with a wide range of resis- 
tive behavior, particularly 
around personal health and 
hygiene — eating, dressing, 
going to the bathroom, 
bathing. "It could be 
Alzheimer's patients feel a loss 
of control," Mahoney says. "It 
could be a loss of personal 
preference. It could be [the 
perception of] threat, or pain." 
Aggressive behavior, she adds, 
is generally a last resort, when 
other cues or complaints have 
gone unnoticed or ignored. 

Trudeau, an occupational 
therapist who specializes in pa- 
tients with dementia, says that 
patients to a degree are aware 
of their regression. "There's 
the whole issue of compro- 
mised dignity," he says. "On 
some level, people know they 
are adults and should be able 
to do this for themselves." In 
addition, a confused person 
may not comprehend the sud- 
den noise of the shower or the 
need to undress. "If you don't 
understand that you need a 
shower, it's very easy to see 
how people could misinterpret 
that," Trudeau says. "What are 


we getting naked for? If I'm 
not sure, I'm probably going to 
resist that." 

Trudeau has found it partic- 
ularly helpful when caregivers 
elicit water-related memories. 
One patient in the study, for- 
merly an avid fisherman, would 
scream and resist strongly at 
bath time. His wife, instead of 
begging and cajoling her hus- 

band to step in the shower, 
learned to divert him with 
memories of a fishing trip 
when waves crashed over the 
side of the boat. "The caregiv- 
er got good at using the hand- 
held shower to depict the 
waves," says Trudeau. "Before 
you knew it, he was wet and he 
wasn't screaming." 

Doctoral candidate Susan 

Ruka, MS'97, who has written 
her dissertation on reminis- 
cence therapy during bathing, 
tried using memories specifical- 
ly related to water on the four 
nursing home patients she stud- 
ied. Two showed significant im- 
provement. One of them, a 
69-year-old woman, had at- 
tended a White House dinner 
during the Ford administration. 



by Bill Costley 

Felled by Spring tree-pollen, I slept my birthday filled with pills; 
by evening I was at Minado's buffet, a human dugong grazing 
on a wet bale of black hijiki with orange carrot-threads, under 
an inspiring row of grey rubber sharks. (Sharks weren't served.) 
Next morning, I woke to hear geese honking loudly outside & 
opened your thoughtful gifts' bright celestial-metallic wrapping: 
a Celtic-rose letter seal with a gold & a brown candle replacing 
my fading old pictogram stamp (its meaning, forgotten) & 
a Peter Pauper edition of Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanack, 
I've never read. (America's 1st spymaster, Franklin imprisoned 
his illegitimate son, William, Royal Governor of New Jersey.) 
You're legitimately mine, & I, yours. When people remark our 
strong resemblance, I tell them you're The Improved Version 
who's gone farther & achieved more, fulfilling my hope he be 
healthy, safe, secure, even in these, our interesting times: safe 
from the AIDS pandemic, a condo owner, soon a PhD, with a job. 
(If I had them all I'd be legit.) Remember: we semi-share a body: 
some of my genetic code is yours, maybe longevity. If I live the 
expected age of 72.92 you'll be 49.75, gazing at my endless hair, 
wondering: Why didn't I inherit that gene? Not the important one; 
contra continuous deception, it's clarity: knowing what's unsaid, 
what it actually means, & acting on it. If clarity's cold comfort, 
my body will endow you with endurance: live beyond me, Alex. 

Bill Costley '63 is a poet, playwright, and journalist based in Wellesley, 
Massachusetts. To hear him read this poem aloud, go to 

Instead of focusing on memo- 
ries of the event, Ruka would 
talk about how the woman 
showered and prepared for the 
party, helping her to accept the 
bathing process more calmly. 

At least one spouse in 
Mahoney's study, the husband 
of an Alzheimer's sufferer, has 
taken the power of reminis- 
cence beyond the bath, strate- 
gically placing stacks of 
photographs around the house. 
"If he gets in a resistive situa- 
tion," says Trudeau, "he uses 
the photos to distract, reframe 
the situation, and move on." 

Mahoney's approach helps 
preserve an overall climate of 
adult respect. "The person 
who is 70 or 80 or 90 is not a 
two-year-old," says Mahoney. 
"Alzheimer's patients have a 
lifetime of experience. They 
have ways of coping. They 
have a sense of self that may 
be changed, but it's not lost." 

In a small way, reminiscing 
helps Helen Sheridan see her 
husband as he once was. 
Learning to call up pleasant 
memories at bath time has 
changed a dreaded chore into a 
calmer, private interval. "It 
used to be just another job. 
Now it's a peaceful few min- 
utes together," Helen says. 
"Afterwards, when he puts his 
arms around me, he lets me 
know he's pleased and he's con- 
tent." The old ordeal has be- 
come, she says, an opportunity, 
a "time for getting close to 
someone who's becoming a 

Gail Friedman 

Gail Friedman is a freelance 
writer based in the Boston area. 
The reminiscence therapy study is 
recridting participants through 
Januaiy 2005. For information 
call (866) 516-4484. 

18 SUMMER 2003 


In his new book, The Houses We Live In, Jeffery Howe looks at the 
meaning of American homes, from log cabin to glass pavilion. An interview by Nicole Estvanik 

What kind of house did you grow up in? 

It was white, one story, five rooms. 
Very plain and very low-budget, in 
a small town up in northern 
Minnesota. My favorite thing 
about it was actually the trees in 
the yard. 

Which of the houses in your book 
would you want to live in? 

In certain seasons, Frank Lloyd 
Wright's Fallingwater, in Mill 
Run, Pennsylvania. The Airplane 
House by Purcell and Elmslie in 
Woods Hole, Massachusetts, 
could be my summer home. I 
would love to live in George 
Bourne's Wedding Cake House in 
Kennebunk, Maine — until it need- 
ed painting. And there are some 
wonderful homes out in Arizona 
by Bart Prince that look like 

I'm drawn to houses that have a great contact with nature 
or that have a strong current of imagination. 

When did U.S. domestic architecture come into its own? 

America has always focused on architecture. But the rest of 
the world didn't pay attention until the late 19th century, 
with the emergence of Henry Hobson Richardson and 
Frank Lloyd Wright. 

There were isolated works of genius before that — 
Jefferson's Monticello, Washington's Mount Vernon. But in 
the late 19th century, after almost a hundred years of eclec- 
tic historical revival, the issue of originality became more 
pressing in America and Europe. 

Voices began to rise asking, Why are we always copying 
Greek or Gothic or Romanesque? In Spain, Antonio Gaudi 
was doing some very original work; and in France, Belgium, 
and England, there was Art Nouveau. 

Howe: "America is in love with the single family house." 

In this country, Wright and 
Richardson tried to make some- 
thing new out of American sources 
and multicultural influences — 
from Japan, for example. 

What's "the next new thing" in U.S. 
domestic architecture? 
I don't know. But I know it will re- 
flect our social patterns, how fam- 
ilies live and are configured. The 
big Victorian houses of the 19th 
century were predicated on large 
families and servants, for example. 
Nobody has servants anymore, 
and families are smaller. 

Still, America is in love with the 
single family house, compared 
with European countries where 
people often live in row houses or 
apartment blocks. Recendy we've 
been through a phase that's the 
equivalent of the SUV, building behemoths that aren't easi- 
ly adaptable to multi-family living. 

If your book were titled The Dormitories We Live In, how would you 
describe BC student housing? 

I have to say, I'm not that familiar with the dormitories, ex- 
cept from the outside. But as an ensemble, I think the BC 
campus works really well. 

As you approach from Boston, the University looks like 
an old Italian hill town, with the towers and the different 
clustered dorms. I like that effect: the jostling and juxtapo- 
sitioning of these shapes. 

Jeffery Howe is a professor of fine arts. His book The Houses We 
Live In: An Identification Guide to the History and Style of 
American Domestic Architecture (Thunder Bay Press, 2002) 
is available at a discount from the BC Bookstore via the BCM 
Web site: 



A move that would have taken 
Boston College, Miami, and 
Syracuse from the Big East to 
the Atlantic Coast Conference 
came to an unexpected halt on 
June 25 when ACC university 
presidents issued invitations to 
Miami and Virginia Tech and 
ended six weeks of negotia- 
tions, site visits, politicking, 
and public speculation. 

At a campus press confer- 
ence on June 26, University 
President William P. Leahy, 
SJ, said that Boston College 
had entered into discussions 

with the ACC for three rea- 
sons: The ACC includes uni- 
versities that are ranked 
among the nation's top 40 aca- 
demic institutions, as is Boston 
College; the ACC is among 
the most "stable" conferences 
in the country; and the ACC 
offered a possibility of in- 
creased revenue. Leahy later 
told the Boston Herald that he 
had no regrets about looking 
into the ACC option. Higher 
education, he said, "is always 
filled with opportunities and 
changes, and you have to be 

able to adapt. We have to look 
at the future and, in light of 
our past traditions, respond in 
useful and creative ways." 

Sitting beside Leahy at the 
press conference, athletics 
director Gene DeFilippo char- 
acterized the previous weeks as 
"a roller coaster ride, filled 
with bizarre twists and turns," 
but noted that while the final 
results were surprising and 
disappointing, BC had begun 
discussions with the ACC "to 
better secure the future of our 
athletics program." That work, 

he said, would now continue 
in partnership with other Big 
East colleges. "We are going 
to work hard to make the Big 
East as strong as it can possi- 
bly be," he said. Asked 
whether BC would cancel its 
August 30 football opener at 
Alumni Stadium against the 
ACC's Wake Forest, DeFilippo 
said no, adding, with a smile, 
that he did hope to beat the 
Demon Deacons. Leaning to- 
ward his microphone, Leahy 
appended, "Soundly." 

Ben Biinbaum 


Survey looks at what teachers say about state-mandated tests 

In debates over state-required 
educational testing, politicians 
and the business community 
have been clearly heard, as 
have teachers' union leaders, 
the occasional clutch of student 
protesters, and parents of chil- 
dren in special education. 
What we've not gotten thus far 
is a thorough read of views 
from the group best positioned 
to describe the impact of test- 
ing in the classroom — teachers. 
In March, the National Board 
on Educational Testing and 
Public Policy, based in BC's 
Lynch School of Education, 
released the results of a nation- 
wide survey aimed at filling 
that gap. 

In all, the responses of 
4,195 teachers were analyzed 
by a team of researchers led by 

professors Joseph Pedulla and 
George Madaus and research 
associate Lisa Abrams. The 
teachers came from high-, 
medium-, and low-stakes test- 
ing environments, and from 
elementary, middle, and high 
school classrooms. They were 
asked to report the impact of 
testing on what they taught 
and how they taught it, to as- 
sess the benefits gained from 
mandatory testing, and to rep- 
resent the effect of testing, as 
they observed it, on their stu- 
dents and colleagues. 

By 2008, some 70 percent 
of U.S. students, in 24 states, 
will feel the impact of high- 
stakes testing in the form of a 
graduation requirement. As 
the researchers note, "the 
most severe sanctions" for a 

failing test score — which can 
also include retention in 
grade — are usually reserved for 
older students. With some sur- 
prise, then, the authors report 
survey results that they charac- 
terize as "counterintuitive": 
More elementary teachers (82 
percent) than high school 
teachers (69 percent) described 
"extreme" anxiety among their 
students about state testing. 
What's more, elementary 
teachers were far more likely 
to report that teachers in their 
schools wanted to switch out 
of the specific grades targeted 
for testing in their state (43 
percent, versus 24 percent at 
the high school level). 

If the impact of testing is 
more keenly felt in elementary 
schools, say the authors, it may 

be because elementary teach- 
ers "have to deal with several 
tested subjects per grade" — 
language arts and math, for ex- 
ample — rather than a single 
content area. More than 50 
percent of elementary school 
teachers (twice as many as 
their high school counterparts) 
in high-stakes states reported 
that they spend in excess of 30 
class hours per year on test 

THOUGH THE impact ap- 
pears greatest at the elemen- 
tary level, the researchers 
describe signs of a "narrowing 
of the curriculum" generally in 
the schools of high-stakes 
states. Teachers reported de- 
clines in the time devoted to 
instruction in fine arts (35 per- 

20 SUMMER 2003 

cent of teachers noted this), 
foreign languages (22 percent), 
and industrial/vocational edu- 
cation (31 percent). They also 
reported less time for field 
trips (38 percent) and class en- 
richment activities such as 
guest speakers (34 percent). 

However, in two respects, 
teachers from high-stakes 
states were more likely than 
teachers from states with the 
lowest stakes to find value in 
the testing mandates. Forty- 
three percent (versus 3 1 per- 
cent) said that testing had 
"brought much-needed atten- 
tion to education issues in 
[their] district." And 9 percent 
(versus 4 percent) said the tests 
inspired "previously unmoti- 
vated students to learn." Still, 
the researchers emphasize, in 
both instances these were mi- 
nority views. Asked whether 
the gains from testing out- 
weighed the costs in time and 
money, nearly three-quarters 
of teachers at every level of 
stakes said no. Nearly 40 per- 
cent maintained that test 
scores could be raised without 
actually improving learning. 

a section of their report to 
what they term the "unintend- 
ed consequences" of state test- 
ing. Among their findings: 
Twenty-eight percent of high 
school teachers in high-stakes 
states said that testing has 
caused "many students in 
[their districts] to drop out." 
In another vein, one-third of 
all teachers in high-stakes 
states said that teachers in 
their schools have opted not to 
use computers when teaching 
writing, because the state- 
mandated writing test calls for 
"handwritten responses." 
Teachers had varying opin- 

ions when it came to deciding 
who should be held account- 
able for low test scores. 
Overall, say the researchers, 
they were "neutral" about ap- 
plying repercussions to stu- 
dents directly. They viewed 
holding schools accountable as 
being "moderately inappropri- 
ate," while holding individual 
teachers accountable was 
deemed "moderately to very 
inappropriate." The reason for 
this gradation, the researchers 
suggest, can be found in the 
response to another survey 
question: More than 80 per- 
cent of teachers at all levels 
agreed that "score differences 
from year to year . . . reflect 
changes in the characteristics 
of students rather than 
changes in school effective- 
ness." In other words, teachers 
have little control over which 
students will walk through 
their classroom door in 
September or what these stu- 
dents' needs and capabilities 
will be. 

Thus far, say the re- 
searchers, the involvement of 
teachers in the development of 
state testing programs has 
been spotty. In some states, 
teachers have not been includ- 
ed in the process; in others, 
the number of teachers in- 
volved has been "small." "Only 
by listening to what teachers 
tell us is happening," say the 
authors, "can we be confident 
that [the programs] are having 
the intended effect." 

Anna Marie Murphy 

The full text of the paper entitled 
"Perceived Effects of State- 
Mandated Testing Programs on 
Teaching and Learning: Findings 
from a National Survey of 
Teachei's" can be downloaded at 


Mike Killeen joined the campus dining service in 1990, and took 
charge of the kitchen at St. Mary's Hall, the main Jesuit residence 
at BC, four years ago. His recipe for Boston fish chowder, a Friday 
staple at St. Mary's, was published in the April issue of Company 
Magazine as part of a feature story on "Jesuit comfort food." 
Killeen normally cooks for 75. The version below serves six. 

1 lb cod or haddock (cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces) 
6 tbsp butter 

1/2 cup flour 

2 small bottles of clam juice 

2 cups diced potatoes 
1 cup chopped onion 

1 cup chopped celery 

3 bay leaves 
i tsp thyme 

1 quart half-and-half 

salt and black pepper to taste 

Make the roux by melting butter in a small saucepan and adding 
the flour. Cook over low heat, stirring continuously, until flour 
and butter are thoroughly mixed and bubbling a bit, about 5 
minutes. Put roux in a Dutch oven or other heavy pan with 
cover, add clam juice, and bring to a boil, stirring, until thick- 
ened. Reduce heat and add potatoes, cover, and cook for io 
minutes. Add onions and celery and cook until onion is soft, 
about io minutes. Add fish, thyme, and bay leaves and simmer 
for io minutes (potatoes should be tender). Add half-and-half. 
Continue simmering for io more minutes. Put a pat of butter 
into each bowl, ladle chowder over, and garnish with parsley. 

Clams may be substituted for fish. If the clams are already 
cooked, put them in for the last 5 minutes only; otherwise they 
will get tough. 


On its 10th anniversary, 
world events overtake Gaelic Roots festival 

"I think it's great we're going 
out with a bang, not a whim- 
per," emcee Earle Hitchner 
said at the June 2 1 concert 
that concluded the 10th annu- 
al Boston College Gaelic 
Roots Summer School and 
Festival. The Saturday show, 
performed by Celtic musicians 
who came from all over the 
world to teach at the weeklong 
event, has always been called 
the Farewell Concert. But this 
year, the farewell was final. A 
few weeks earlier, organizers 
had decided to retire the festi- 
val, primarily because of re- 

cent U. S. strictures on foreign 
visitors stemming from con- 
cerns about international ter- 

Hitchner's remark captured 
the Robsham Theater crowd's 
mood of sadness, anger, and 
bewilderment. The festival 
seemed in such good health. 
All 540 student slots had been 
filled since early February. 
Every public performance was 
sold out. In total, more than 
2,000 people visited the Boston 
College campus for this year's 

Before the Farewell Con- 

cert began, Thomas Hachey, 
executive director of the 
Center for Irish Programs at 
Boston College, addressed the 
audience with assurances that 
"this is not a lessening of com- 
mitment to Irish music and 
dance on the part of Boston 
College." Seamus Connolly, 
the festival's organizer, he said, 
will remain in his position as 
director of Irish studies in 
music and dance. 

Indeed, the decision to end 
the festival series was almost 
entirely Connolly's. Asked why, 
he said, "New visa and home- 

The Harney Set Dancers at the Saturday night Farewell Concert 

land security rules. Teachers 
from other countries can no 
longer send in their passports 
to embassies and have them 
approved for work visas. They 
have to make an appointment 
by phone, then travel to their 
country's U. S. Embassy and 
appear for an interview before 
they are approved. With all the 
demands that added, both in 
time and expense, I just decid- 
ed the festival was no longer 
feasible." Irish singer Len 
Graham, for instance, who has 
toured the United States sever- 
al times, had to travel to 
Belfast for three separate inter- 
views before his visa was ap- 
proved. Two other performers 
on this year's roster were un- 
able to attend, because they 
could not get appointments at 
the Dublin embassy that fit 
their touring schedule. 

Connolly worried that he 
would no longer be able to 
guarantee the attendance of all 
the scheduled performers. 
Students this year traveled 
from England, Ireland, 
Austria, 40 states in this coun- 
try, and five provinces of 
Canada. Many came specifical- 
ly to learn from particular 
artists, whose appearance re- 
mained uncertain until their 
visas were approved, often 
mere days before the festival 
was to start. 

this night displayed the festi- 
val's characteristic blend of 
seasoned traditional masters 

22 SUMMER 2003 

and young inventive perform- 
ers. The banjo playing of 
Tipperary's Gerry O'Connor 
was so fast and fluid that 
emcee Hitchner heard gui- 
tarist Tony McManus whisper 
backstage, "Doesn't he know 
that's not possible?" 

McManus, who hails from 
near Glasgow, had inspired the 
same reaction from others a 
few moments earlier, playing 
Irish dance tunes in ways they 
had never been played on the 
guitar. Young Shetland Islands 
fiddler Catriona Macdonald 
seemed a star on the rise, her 
playing at once timeless and 
bubbling with modern sass. 

Among the venerable 
music legends honored was 
New England contra dance pi- 
anist Bob McQuillan, whose 
compositions have served as 
bridges between the music's 
past and future. 

Hitchner, who writes about 
music for the Wall Street 
Journal and the Irish Echo, said 
it was that expansiveness, along 
with Connolly's reputation as 
an educator and 10-time All- 
Ireland Fiddle Champion, that 
had earned the festival respect. 
"In the Celtic community, 
everybody knows about Gaelic 
Roots," he said. "I watched the 
musicians this week, and they 
all had cameras with them, stu- 
dents and teachers alike, get- 
ting pictures of themselves 
with all the other musicians. It 
was like they were graduating 
from college, and wanted to 
remember everything about 
this week." 

Elizabeth Sweeney, director 
of the Irish Music Center at 
BC's Burns Library, works 
closely with Connolly 
throughout the year, as she 
catalogues the largest academ- 
ic repository of traditional 

Flute player John Skelton (left) with 
guitarist McManus. On fiddle is 
Connolly. Too busy to perform, he 
directed the program backstage. 

Irish music in the United 
States, and while she shares 
the general sadness at the 
passing of the festival, she feels 
even more powerfully a sense 
of relief — especially for 
Connolly. "I see how hard he 
and his wife Sandy work to 
make this happen," she said. 
"They take their computer on 
vacation; he works on this day 
and night and all year long." 
And indeed, with visa prob- 
lems mounting, Connolly had 
been growing increasingly 
concerned that the event was 
draining too much from his 
primary mission of educating 
Boston College students. 

Which leads to the good 
news. Gaelic Roots is only 
ending as a weeklong event. 
"What I want to do," Connolly 
says, "is incorporate Gaelic 
Roots into a series of weekend 
workshops, concerts, noontime 
performances on campus for 
the students, and events that 
bring these musicians into the 
classroom more." 

So at the end of the 
Farewell Concert, folks got to 
hear what, after three hours of 
music, they most wanted to 
hear. "It's not the end of it, 
you know," Connolly said to 
the crowd. "It's just the begin- 
ning. We're going to have a 
long, long history of Celtic 
music and dance here at 
Boston College." 

Scott Alarik 

Scott Alarik writes about folk 
music for the Boston Globe and 
is the folk critic for public radios 
"Here and Now. " He is the au- 
thor of Deep Community: 
Adventures in the Modern 
Folk Underground (2003). 


At Commencement exercises 
on May 19, five honorary de- 
grees were awarded, all to 
alumni: Commencement speak- 
er Erik Weihenmayer '91, the 
first sightless mountain climber 
to scale the world's "Seven 
Summits"; Kathleen Carr, CSJ, 
M.Ed. '84, superintendent of 
schools for the Archdiocese of 
Boston; Rattigan Professor 
Emeritus of English John L. 
Mahoney, Sr. '50, MA'52; Dawn 
McNair'82, M.Ed. '83, the 
2001-02 Massachusetts 
Teacher of the Year; and 
Thomas A. Vanderslice '53, a 
private investor and BC trustee. 


Derrick Williams and Thomas 
Rochowicz, both '04, will serve 
this fall as president and vice 
president of the Undergraduate 
Government of Boston College 
(UGBC). They are the first to be 
elected under a new on-line 
balloting system, which im- 
proved voter participation by 
225 percent. 


• Marguerite "Peg" Connolly, 
BC employee from 1985 to 
1999 in the athletics and geolo- 
gy/geophysics departments, on 
May 20, at age 66. 

• Samuel Gerson '63, BC 
trustee from 1986 to 1995 and 
trustee associate since 1995, on 
July 12, at age 61. 

• Francis P. Molloy, SJ, '40, BC 
philosophy professor from 1952 
to 1988, on July 9, at age 84. 

• Gregory B. Monack '06, on 
June 10, at age 19. 

. Felix F. Talbot, SJ, BC theology 
professor from 1963 to 1975, on 
June 26, at age 92. 

• Boleslaw A. Wysocki, BC psy- 
chology professor from 1975 to 
1998, on July 14, at age 91. 











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Five manifestations of 
tne Muslim ofsion 

By Sheila S. Blair and Jonathan M. Bloom 


Editor's note: When they began studying Islamic art 
"some 30 years ago," say Boston College fine arts 
professors Sheila S. Blair and Jonathan M. Bloom, 
"there were no good introductory textbooks that 
undergraduates could read." Fen years later, as they 
embarked on their teaching careers, "there were 
still none, and we had to make do with stacks of 
photocopied articles and chapters assigned from 
one book or another." 

That is how the professors have described their 
early days in a field that is still, they say, in the for- 

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mative stage of development. Individually and together — the 
pair are the married coholders of BC's Norma Jean Calder- 
wood University Professorship of Islamic and Asian Art — the 
two have gone some way toward filling the empty shelves. 
Between them they've authored or edited a dozen books on 
Islamic art and culture, including four written together. 

Sadly, as Blair and Bloom note, nothing has done more to 
boost the study of Islamic belief and culture, including art, 
than unsettling world events, from the oil crisis of the early 
1970s to the emergence of radical Islamic terrorists. Re- 
cently, BCM invited Professors Blair and Bloom to select 
works of art that offer telling insights into the Muslim 


The Dome of the Rock, standing in splendid isolation atop 
the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, is the first major work of 
Islamic art and architecture. When Muslim Arab armies 
conquered Jerusalem in 638, the area of the Temple 
Mount — the traditional religious center of Jerusalem, the 
locus of Adam's burial, Abraham's sacrifice, and the temples 
of Solomon and Herod — lav in ruins, as Christians had fo- 
cused their attention on other parts of the city. Muslims 
identified Jerusalem as the "furthest place of prayer," from 
which the Prophet Muhammad made his miraculous night 
journey to heaven, mentioned in chapter 17 of the Koran. 

The Dome of the Rock was commissioned in 692 by the 
Umayyad caliph Abd al-Malik, 60 years after Muhammad's 
death. The architect is now unknown, but he was most cer- 
tainly acquainted with late antique and Byzantine construc- 
tion. In typical Byzantine style, columns of pink and green 
marble, together with stone piers sheathed in plaques of 
white marble veined with gray, support the structure's stone 
arches and walls, which also are covered with marble 
plaques or with colored and gilded glass mosaics that 
sparkle in the light. 

An eight-sided building, the Dome of the Rock has a 
1 15-foot domed central space, more than 60 feet in diame- 
ter, encircled by a relatively low (30-foot) ceilinged space so 
wide that it is subdivided by an arcade. The dome is wood- 
en, with a metal roof, originally lead, plated with gold on 
the outside. 

A narrow band of Arabic inscriptions — in glass mosaic of 
gold letters on a blue background — runs for some 800 feet 
along the top of the arcade. The text, largely from the 
Koran, explains Islam and refutes the tenets of Christianity 
(for example, from Koran 112: "There is no god but God 
alone, without partner. Say: He is God, One, God, the 

Previous page and right: the Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem 

Everlasting, who has not begotten and has not been begot- 
ten"). The building, the text suggests, was meant to advertise 
the presence of Islam in a city full of important monuments 
to Judaism and Christianity. By its location and even by its 
shape — which echoed the design of the Church of the Holy 
Sepulcher on the spot where Jesus is said to have been 
buried — the Dome of the Rock announced Islam as the wor- 
thy successor to the earlier monotheistic revelations. 

Contrary to popular opinion, the Koran does not ban 
human or animal representation (conservative Islamic legal 
opinion weighed in against their depiction in religious con- 
texts only centuries later). Yet no human or animal appears 
in the building's mosaics. Muslims believe that God is 
unique and without associate and therefore cannot be rep- 
resented. God is to be worshiped directly, without interces- 
sors, so there is no need for saints. And since the Koran 
contains little in the way of narrative, especially compared 
to the Bible, there is no call to depict stories, as Christian 
artists often have done in their religious art. 

As for the fantastic trees, plants, fruits, jewels, chalices, 
and crowns filling the building's mosaics, their message is a 
matter of scholarly speculation today. Byzantine artists had 
used such motifs to set off, frame, or link their human or di- 
vine figures. The same artists, when employed by Muslim 
patrons, as they often were in early Islamic times, may sim- 
ply have turned what had been subsidiary elements in 
Christian art into their main subject. 


Because wood was precious in the arid lands of North Africa 
and western Asia, craftsmen throughout the Muslim world 
used it to make the one article of furniture required in every 
congregational mosque — the minbar. From the minbar, a 

26 SUMMER 2003 

Above: detail of the minbar from the Kutubiyya Mosque, Marrakesh 

stepped pulpit, the preacher gives the sermon at Friday 
noon worship. Derived from the judge's chair of pre-Islamic 
Arabia, the minbar became a symbol of authority for early 
Muslims, somewhat comparable to the bishop's cathedra in 
the Christian tradition. 

The minbar from the Kutubiyya Mosque of Marrakesh, 
in southern Morocco, is perhaps the most beautiful of all ex- 
amples to survive from the medieval period. It was ordered, 
according to a newly deciphered inscription on its left side, 
at Cordoba, Spain, on September 19, 1137 (the first day of 
the Muslim lunar year 532), for the congregational mosque 
in Marrakesh. The patron was likely the Almoravid sultan 
Ali ibn Yusuf, whose long reign (1106-42) was one of the 
most brilliant in the history of the Muslim West. Marrakesh 
was the political capital of the sultan's realm, whereas 

Cordoba was its intellectual, social, and artistic center. This 
minbar, which stands nearly 1 3 feet high, 1 1 feet deep, and 
three feet wide, was prefabricated so that it could be trans- 
ported in pieces the hundreds of miles from Spain across the 
Strait of Gibraltar and over the Atlas Mountains. 

Every visible surface of the Kutubiyya minbar was origi- 
nally an intricate web combining inlay and marquetry (wood 
mosaic) with carving. On the flanks, stars of African black- 
wood, hexagons of tan boxwood, and frog-shapes of reddish 
jujube are enclosed in a strapwork pattern of precious woods 
and bone. The vibrant result (see illustration above) resem- 
bles tile wall mosaics from contemporary Moroccan archi- 
tecture. Some of the carved panels measure several inches 
across, but many of the pieces from which the decoration is 
composed are smaller than a grain of rice. The structure 
originally was comprised of more than 1.3 million pieces of 

Within decades after it was begun, the minbar was used 

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COOKING— The Class of 2003 
had more to celebrate than just 
good food at the Senior Class 
Barbecue on May 13. This class 
was the first to cross the threshold 
of 40 percent participation for 
their senior class gift. Spurred by a 
matching gift challenge from 
Thomas F. Ryan, Jr. '63, a Boston 
College trustee, the class sur- 
passed Ryan's 35 percent target 
challenge and together with his 
matching contribution raised a 
record gift of $70,000 for the 
Boston College Fund. 


A grant to study the graying of America 

The Center for Retirement 
Research at Boston College 
has received a $ 1 million 
grant from The Atlantic 
Philanthropies for a compre- 
hensive series of research pro- 
jects devoted to a rapidly 
looming social and economic 
development: the convergence 
of an aging population and a 
slowdown in the growth of the 
labor force. 

According to Alicia 
Munnell, the center's director 
and Peter E Drucker Professor 
in Management Sciences, the 
Atlantic grant will "provide a 
crucial source of support for 
in-depth analysis of a pressing 
policy question: What role can 
and should continued work 

play in ensuring income secu- 
rity for an aging society?" 

The Center will undertake 
five interrelated studies over 
four years. These studies will 
not only examine the broad 
and complex social and eco- 
nomic challenges involved in 
accommodating an aging labor 
force, but will also evaluate 
specific steps that government, 
employers, and older workers 
themselves can take to help 
manage what will be a major 
demographic transition. 
Nationally recognized, the 
Center for Retirement 
Research at Boston College, 
part of a consortium that in- 
cludes a parallel center at the 
University of Michigan, was 

established in 1998 through a 
five-year grant from the Social 
Security Administration. Its 
main goals are to promote re- 
search on retirement issues 
and to transmit new findings 
to policymakers and to the 

"Through our efforts, indi- 
viduals will gain a greater un- 
derstanding of why continued 
work is an increasingly vital 
ingredient for old-age security. 
Employers will learn how they 
can adapt their workplace and 
culture to accommodate the 
older workers they are likely 
to need as the growth of the 
labor force slows. And govern- 
ment leaders will obtain the 
knowledge they need to make 

well-informed decisions about 
reducing barriers to work for 
older Americans," Munnell 

Working with Munnell is 
Joseph E Quinn, dean of the 
College of Arts & Sciences, 
and an advisory board that in- 
cludes Gary Burtless of the 
Brookings Institution, Robert 
Hutchens of Cornell Univ- 
ersity, and John Rother, direc- 
tor of legislative and public 
policy at AARP. 

The Atlantic Philanthropies 
has a longstanding interest in 
aging and, like the Center, a 
commitment to ensuring that 
older Americans have the 
knowledge and skills to main- 
tain a decent living standard. 

28 SUMMER 2003 

During the month of November, the BC Alumni Association 
will post your remembrances in St. Mary's Church. Please 
share with us the names of the people you would like 
remembered by returning this card. You may also send your 
remembrances by e-mail to 



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NEWTON MA 02458-2527 


Dear Boston College/ Newton College Alumnus/a: 

Fall marks the beginning of the academic year and, for us at the Alumni Association, the beginning 
of the alumni lifecyde. We are in the midst of reunion planning with the classes whose class year ends 
in 4 or 9. This fall we will be launching a new national program, which you can read more about in 
Jack Moynihan's letter on page 31 of these Class Notes. You can view a calendar of upcoming Alumni 
Association events on page 16. 

We will kick off the football season with FanFest, a fun-filled family celebration held before the Eagles 
take on Wake Forest at the Heights on Saturday, August 30. Join the Alumni and Athletic Associations at 
the Flynn Recreation Complex before home games this fall. Bring your family and friends and listen to 
the BC Band, shop at the mobile BC bookstore, meet classmates, student athletes and the cheerleaders, 
while your children enjoy playing on our giant games or throwing a football with Baldwin, the BC mascot. 

The Church in the 21st Century (C21) continues to provide thoughtful discourse and dialogue on the 

crisis in the Church and the opportunities for reform and renewal. This year, the C21 initiative will 

focus on renewal. The Alumni Association will continue to feature national C21 programming and dialogues with the University 

President and distinguished members of the Boston College faculty. Please refer to the C21 Web site for C21 

national and local programs and resources. 

We welcome John J. Griffin, Jr. '6^, as he begins his tenure as president of the 2003-04 national alumni board. John brings a com- 
mitment to tradition and a forward-thinking approach. This summer John and the executive committee of the board have worked hard 
with the BCAA to find ways to further the mission of the University as ambassadors of Boston College. 

You can look forward to some exciting programs and opportunities for involvement this year. We hope that you will apply for one of 
the alumni service programs, such as the Alumni Jamaica Experience, or participate in a local service initiative. We also encourage 
you to take a moment to nominate one of your classmates for an Alumni Achievement Award or for the national alumni board of 
directors. The spirituality committee of the alumni board will reintroduce the Mass of remembrance for our deceased alumni to take 
place each year on the Feast of All Souls in November. Please take a minute to return the inserted remembrance card to the BCAA. 

The role of the Alumni Association is to reconnect you to Boston College by providing meaningful opportunities for you to be involved 
with the University. Once you graduate from Boston College, you are a lifelong member of trie Boston College Alumni Association 
and there are benefits afforded to you as a stakeholder in this mission. Contact the Alumni Association to learn about leadership 
opportunities and the benefits of membership attached to the BCAA. 

We hope to see you at FanFest this fall and look forward to your presence at the Alumni Achievement Awards ceremony at Robsham 
Theater at 7 p.m. on September 25. 

Ever to Excel, 

jtlu^. (j$i*s u&e*^ '0<2-— ~ 

Grace Cotter Regan '82 
Executive Director 


On September 25, 2003, the Alumni Association will continue its tradition of honoring distinguished graduates at the Alumni Achievement 
Awards Ceremony at Robsham Theater at 2 P.M.. The outstanding recipients will be recognized for demonstrating excellence in their 
respective fields and for exemplifying the "Ever to Excel" motto of Boston College. All alumni and friends are 
welcome to attend the ceremony and complimentary reception which follows. Please call 800-669-8430 to make a reservation. 

Recipients of the 2003 Alumni Achievement Awards 

Professor John J. Michalczyk '66, M.A. '67 

James A. Champy J.D. '68 

Blenda J. Wilson Ph.D. '79 

Constance T. Donovan '64 

Robert J. Muldoon '60, M.A. '61, LL.B. '65 

Public Service: Victor F. Ciardello, Jr. '65 

Religion: Archbishop Timothy P.A. Broglio '73 
Science: Paul J. Hesketh '74 
Young Alumni Award of Excellence: Omari L. Walker '97, M.Ed. '02 
William V. McKenney Award: John E. Joyce '61, M.B.A. '70 

Visit to nominate an alumna/us for the 2004 Alumni Achievement Awards. 

Boston College Alumni Association ♦ 825 Centre Street ♦ Newton, MA 02458 ♦ 617-552-4700 ♦ 800-669-8430 » 

Arts and Humanities: 


John J. Griffin, Jr. '65 

VICE president/president-elect 
Christopher M. Doran '68 


Susan Power Gallagher NC '69 


Kathleen Donovan Goudie '56 


Charles J. Heffernan, Jr. '66 


John J. Joyce '61, M.B.A. '70 


Brian Kickham '79 


Thomas F. Flannery '81 


Roger T. Connor '52 


J. Emmert McCarthy '64 


Dawn E. Mc Nair '82, M.Ed. '83 


William J. Dorcena '95 


Patrick Lawler '93 


Lisa Song Wendel '97 


Floyd B. McCrory '77 


Kenneth D. Pierce '79 


Ann Bersani '77 


Julie Finora McAfee '93 


Sarah Ford Baine NC '69 


Mary Pasciucco NC '75 


Meg Connolly J.D. '70 


Judith Lyons '98 


William J. Cunningham, Jr. '57 



Dear Fellow Alumni, 

On behalf of the Boston College Alumni Association Board of Directors, I wish to invite 
you to participate with us in what promises to be an exciting and interesting year for your 

The clubs committee, chaired by Ken Pierce '79, is working closely with Jack Moynihan, 

senior associate director, and the new club team, in enhancing a national approach. The 

classes committee, chaired by Mary Pasciucco NC '75, is working with Amy Belmore 

and Lauren Pandolfe '99, assistant directors for classes, and Julie Nuzzo NC '74, 

assistant director for Newton College, to prepare the classes, particularly those involved 

in reunions, for an enjoyable and productive year. The outreach committee, chaired by 

Will Dorcena '95, is working to ensure that our communications and involvement with 

alumni across the country continues to improve from its current high level. Brian 

Kickham '79, chair of the nominating committee, is working to further strengthen and 

diversify the board. Kip Doran '68, our vice president/president-elect, takes over as chair of the awards committee, 

charged with the daunting task of selecting ten annual Alumni Achievement Awards recipients from an overwhelming 

number of stellar candidates. Finally, the spirituality committee, chaired by our alumni chaplain, William Mclnnes, SJ, 

'44, MA. '51, is working with Mary Neville M.A. '94 in planning the programs that make the Boston College Alumni 

Association a uniquely Jesuit entity. 

The Association is fortunate to have a board of directors of enthusiastic, committed, involved and creative alumni, and 
we look forward to collaborating with Executive Director Grace Cotter Regan '82 and her capable team. We are all here 
to serve you — our members. However, we need your help. Get involved by attending one of the many social 
gatherings offered by the Association. Volunteer alongside fellow BC graduates to serve in your community. Participate 
in the ongoing dialog that shapes the BC of tomorrow. Contribute in a way that only you can. Above all, engage with 
alma mater. 

Forward your suggestions and ideas to the staff at Alumni House at 

Very truly yours from the Heights, 

John J. Griffin, Jr. '65 

Class Notes Editor 

Boston College Alumni House 

825 Centre St. 

Newton, MA 02458 

Greg Ludovic died on July 3, 2003, less than a 
month after turning 100 years old on June 9. 
Greg played football and was on the track team 
with his good tennis friend throughout the 
years, Bob Merrick. Bob was inducted into the 
Track Hall of Fame recendy at BC. David B. 
Merrick '41, brother of Bob, recently talked with 
Greg and wife Mary, and was amazed how alert 
he was in speech, hearing, memory and humor. 
"Gave up running recendy," he told David. Greg 
was a double Eagle. Please keep Mary and the 
rest of the Ludovic family in your prayers. 


Class Notes Editor 

Boston College Alumni House 

825 Centre St. 

Newton, MA 02458 

We recently learned of the deaths of class 
correspondents Charles McCarthy '}0 and Walter 
M. Diohan '32. We are deeply appreciative of their 
long service to Boston College and these notes. 
Please keep their families in your prayers. -Editor. 
Reverend Denis B. Sughrue, C.S.C., a graduate 
of B.C. High in 1925 and Boston College in 
1929, passed away on October 30 of last year. 
He was a man of great humility, humor and 
made everyone around him feel important. In 
the Spring of 2001, he went to live at Holy Cross 
House for retired priests at Notre Dame. He 
had a long and very interesting life. He took his 
leave of this Earth on Wednesday, October 30, 
2002, three days before his alma mater upset 
Notre Dame in football that Saturday. No doubt 
he was cheering BC on from his heavenly home. 

William M. Hogan, Jr. 

Brookhaven, A-305 

Lexington, MA 02421 


Lenahan O'Connell 

O'Connell & O'Connell 

31 Milk St., Suite 515 

Boston, MA 02109 



As a result of the letters that were sent to the 
members of the class of 1934, I received a letter 
from Ike Ezmont enclosing the obituary of Tim 
Donahue. The obituary notice, which was 
published in Florida, said that if anyone wants to 
send a remembrance they could send it to the 
Francis Ouimet Caddy Scholarship Fund. Tim 
was a great golfer, as is his wife. • Frank Russell 
called my office and left a laconic message that 
he is still living in California. • I heard from 
John Haley's wife, who said that they are 
celebrating 49 years of their happy marriage 
this month. They have taken up residence at a 
retirement home in Woburn. They are both aged 
94. • The payoff was Al Williamson, who wrote 
me that he had celebrated his ninetieth birthday 
along with his three great-grandchildren. His 

last note was that he was leaving for Maine to 
fish for three months. He is a northern bird of 
passage. He visits Maine and Massachusetts in 
the appropriate seasons. • The chairman of the 
committee to organize the seventieth reunion, 
which will be held June 2004, has asked me to 
include in this report that he would like 
the members of the class or their family 
representatives to send any suggestions for, 
and/or intentions to attend with their spouses 
and children, a lunch to be held at the Heights 
in June 2004. Bill Joyce's mailing address is Box 
840, Osterville, MA 02655. His street address is 
18 Bunker Hill Road, Osterville, MA 02655. * We 
have three class members, Russell Collins, John 
Collins and Bill Sullivan, who are retired at 
Regina Cleri. They never respond, must be too 
busy. • Does anyone know where John J. White 
resides? The last address we have is 122 East 
Lane, Brewster, MA, but the mailman returned 
a letter undeliverable. • Do not be reluctant to 
send in appropriate news items. 

Edward T. Sullivan 

2082 Oyster Harbor 

Osterville, MA 02655 


The motorbikes that John Griffin and Rita 
enjoyed so much on the Cape have been left to 
the class and are available to any member and 
wife that would like to use them. Helmets are 
included. Since we expect a lively response, we 
are limiting each use to two weeks. Call for 
reservations. • The volleyball team once again 
ran in the Boston Marathon. They left the 
course, however, at Natick and ended up at what 
has become their favorite pub. Symptoms of 
dehydration were quickly attended to. A couple 
of Kenyans who followed them by mistake also 
enjoyed the hospitality. • We had a letter from 
Anne Fisher telling us proudly about her father, 
John Kennedy. She included a St. Patrick's Day 
celebration program from the community — 
Anaheim — where John lives. He is listed as 
singing two numbers: "Believe Me If All Those 
Endearing Young Charms" and "I'll Take You 
Home Again, Kathleen." He has become a 
popular member of the community. A write-up 
in the local paper ends with this paragraph: "His 
wit, good humor and singing are a welcomed 
addition to any gathering. He has many talents 
and is quick to share them with any group or 
individual. Mr. Kennedy has made the world 
around him a better place to be." Sounds like a 
typical member of the class. • Our other 
Californian, Jack Murphy, has had a rough time 
lately, first with a delicate heart valve 
replacement and more recendy with a broken 
hip that required several months in the hospital. 
He remains undaunted, however, largely 
through the loving care of his wife, Jean. 
• Dick Vaughan and Mary are still in good 
spirits despite a few health problems. A trip on 
the motorbikes is recommended. • We asked Bill 
Hannan to send us a copy of one of his weekly 
columns for the Attleboro Sun Chronicle, and we 
were very impressed with what we received. 
First of all, the article was lengthy, spread across 
five columns of half a page. It was a 
reminiscence, chiefly of the entertainer Bob 
Newhart, going back to the days of radio only, 
and it was illustrated with an old photograph of 
one of Attleboro's main streets. A headline 
across the top in bold type says, "Newhart 
tribute a reminder of better days." 
Congratulations, Bill. • We asked Dan Holland, 
our most enthusiastic supporter of alma mater, 

to bring us up to date on the third generation 
of Hollands at the College. Here are the 
grandchildren, all Hollands: Daniel Brendan 
'98 has his M.S. from UMass Lowell in physical 
therapy and is in active practice, Mara Kathleen 
'00 got her M.Ed, from Northwestern and is 
supervisor of reading at St. Mary's school in 
Chicago in a program for inner-city kids after 
only three years in the school as a teacher, and 
Kelly John '03 is graduating as a member of the 
Cross & Crown Society, a group of outstanding 
students who engage in social projects like 
living with impoverished squatter families on 
the US-Mexican border. Kelly John is headed for 
a career in medicine. • We have to end on a sad 
note. On March 6 we lost one of the sturdiest 
members of our class, Tom O'Brien, due to 
complications following an appendix operation. 
Condolences go to his sister Rita. 

Joseph P. Keating 

24 High St. 

Natick, MA 01760 


I was on the campus in May and checked out 
the class memorial tree. Happy to say it is 
flourishing and looks great in the corner of the 
campus next to the west side of the Tower 
Building. You recall it was our late classmate 
Herb Carroll who came up with the idea at the 
time of our twenty-fifth (long ago and far away!). 
• We struck out this year on Laetare Sunday — for 
the first time, no one in the class attended. 
Hopefully, like the Red Sox, we'll say, "wait until 
next year." • Father Bob Sullivan died early in 
April. He had retired as president of Notre 
Dame of Tacurong in the Philippines, where he 
spent most of his priestly career. During WWII 
he was a prisoner of the Japanese for three 
years. Please remember Father Bob in your 
prayers. • I regret to report the death of Jack 
McLaughlin, who died in March. Jack served in 
the FBI as a special agent during WWII and 
pursued a career as an attorney after the war. He 
specialized in probate, real estate and corporate 
law. He represented many Catholic charities, 
schools and nonprofit institutions. Jack and 
Gerry were always at our class luncheons, and 
he was the one who came up with the idea 
of having music at the luncheon. Please 
remember Jack, Gerry and their son, Jack Jr., in 
your prayers. 

Thomas E. Caquin 

206 Corey St. 

West Roxbury, MA 02132 


Class Notes Editor 

Boston College Alumni House 

825 Centre St. 

Newton, MA 02458 

classnotes @ 

John D. Donovan 

12 Wessonville Way 

Westborough, MA 01581 



Greetings once again! It's June 16 — deadline 
day — and our class notes column will be brief 
for this issue. Why? Very simply because I 
haven't been lucky enough to hear from any 3 

of you. We did get a nice note from Msgr. 
Joseph Teletchea's nephew, advising us that his 
uncle Joe had recently celebrated the sixtieth 
anniversary of his ordination, successfully 
weathered some winter surgery and now resides 
in the Bishop O'Boyle Residence, PO Box 
29206, Washington, DC 20017. * Th e orn y 
other good news deserving of mention is the 
happy birth in May of Eleanor, the first 
great-grandchild with whom Mary and I have so 
far been blessed. News-wise, that's it. • Happily, 
there are no obituaries, and to keep that record 
up we hope and pray that our 85 or so class of 
1939 survivors will remember to take their pills 
and to keep healthy. But we are still hungry for 
news about you and yours. Ergo, keep this 
column alive by dropping me a line, sending me 
an e-mail or calling up to say "Hello." In the 
meanwhile, keep in your prayers not only our 
deceased classmates but also those who are now 
having health problems. Hope to hear from 
you-all. Peace! • Hold the press! Tragic news was 
just telephoned to me by Paul Keane. Our 
alumni class of 1939 president, John Lynch of 
Haverhill, passed away on June 26. John has 
been not only a stalwart BCer, but an activist in 
trying to organize meetings and memorial 
Masses for us. Our prayers and sympathy go to 
his wife Elaine and to his children and 
grandchildren. He will be sorely missed. 

Sherman Rogan 

34 Oak St. 

Reading, MA 01867 

President Ed Nagle, having in mind the age, 
disability, etc., of most of us, or of our spouses, 
has ruled after consultation that the annual 
Memorial Mass and luncheon on Ascension 
Day at the chapel at Boston College Law School 
could be discontinued. In its place, a private 
celebration by Monsignor William Granville 
said at Regina Cleri is planned. Accordingly, this 
column will no longer mark the passing of 
classmates to their expected reward. A separate 
section in the BC Magazine does print obituary 
news. • One perk or benefit of this journalistic 
responsibility is the receipt of a complimentary 
copy of the handbook issued to incoming 
freshmen labeled An Introduction to Boston 
College and its Jesuit and Catholic Tradition. 
The essay prepared by the Center for 
Ignatian Spirituality of Boston College is 
very informative, and certainly suitable for a 
diversified student body, one quite different for 
the most part from the freshman class that 
arrived in 1936. In the book, every religious 
leader and philosopher under the sun is quoted: 
Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, and a representative 
of Hare Krishna. • Keep the news coming. Let's 
look forward to a successful football season! 

John M. Callahan 

3 Preacher Rd. 

Milton, MA 02186 


It was inspiring to attend our annual Mass and 
luncheon on June 10, 2003 at the Newton 
campus. I cherish the opportunity to see former 
classmates and thank God once again that I am 
able to participate. Our own classmates, Joe 
Maguire, Ed Cowhig and Simeon Saulenas were 
the Mass celebrants. • The homily by Bishop 
Maguire was most sincere, meaningful, timely 
and thankful as always. He is a great man, per- 
son and priest of God, admired by all who have 

come in contact with him. He is my Cardinal. 
Father Cowhig and Father Saulenas serve as 
wonderful examples of conviction, courage and 
holiness. Attendance was about 40 with Jim 
Murray and Jack Kehoe scheduled but unable to 
come. According to President Nick Sottile, 
this tradition serves as a great occasion to greet 
old friends, recall other friends and pray for 
departed classmates. • Theresa Sliney, wife of 
Bob Sliney, called with a request to say hello and 
best wishes to Bob's old friends. Bob was a great 
man, classmate and athlete, who loved BC and 
all its traditions. Len McDermott also advised of 
his new residence at 9398 Hidden Spring Dr., 
Manassas, VA 20112. He is living with his son 
and family. He sends regards and regrets not 
seeing the old crew. • Monsignor Tom Finnegan 
also was in contact with prayers for all. Tom is 
another great servant of the Lord living on the 
Cape and experiencing eye problems limiting 
his travels. • The early days of June saw the 
passing of George Hanlon and John Jansen. 
John was an active member of our committee 
and contributed greatly to the success of the 
class. George also had great interest and 
participated in all our activities. He was 
handicapped physically over the past few years, 
but with great courage and determination 
he never limited his activity. In fact, he was 
scheduled for our June meeting. The whole 
time he had the constant support of a loving, 
devoted wife, Connie Hanlon. All of us who 
were close to them admired her love and efforts. 
• Lauretta and Tom Galligan were featured 
on a recent program handout at a Pops 
performance. Tom served with distinction as 
CEO of Boston Edison and Lauretta was a 
member of the Boston Symphony Board of 
Overseers. Jack Kehoe and Len Frisoli send 
their regards and wish all of us the best of health 
and happiness. • Again, I give thanks and 
credit to Nick Sottile for his tireless efforts to 
keep us all going. I compose this column 
without hearing from many, but I close my 
praying for all and ask God to bless us with 
health and his love. Remember also all our 
departed classmates and their families in your 
prayers. Right now, my family has its own 
crisis in that Tom, one of my sons, seriously ill, 
has just been removed from life support. 

Ernest ). Handy 

84 Walpole St., Unit4-M 

Canton, MA 02021 


Congratulations to John Fitzgerald and Mary, 
who celebrated their golden wedding 
anniversary in April. • Congratulations also to 
Frank Nicholson and to Father Leahy, both of 
whom celebrated their golden jubilees as priests 
in 2003. • Physical disabilities caused my early 
departure from Naples, FL. On the plus side, it 
enabled me to attend and enjoy the Laetare 
Sunday celebrations. In my opinion, this annual 
event makes one truly proud to be a member of 
the Boston College alumni community. I have 
sincere praise for those responsible for 
putting the day together. Thanks to Tom 
Hinchey, our class has been well represented 
through the years. In addition to Tom and yours 
truly, those present this year were Jerry Joyce, 
Frank Mahoney, Charlie Ahern and John 
Fitzgerald. I sincerely apologize if I have not 
included anyone who would have been 
included had I used a list rather than depend on 
memory. • While in Naples, our social life was 

kept active by the BC Club of Southwest Florida, 
by Agnes and Frank Colpoys, and by Helen and 
Jim Stanton. • As I compose these notes, the 
plans for our annual memorial Mass have just 
been completed. Those remembered include: 
Modestino Vitale, Fred Sliney, Fran Doherty, 
Bill Duggan, Jim Marini, Bill Freni, Harry Ball, 
SJ, and Eleanor Maguire. A full report on the 
memorial Mass will appear in the next issue. 

• Congratulations to Joe Nolan, who on Mother's 
Day, May n, 2003, commemorated his 
ordination to the priesthood with Mass at St. 
Ignatius Church on the BC campus. The Mass 
was followed by a golden jubilee reception at the 
home of friends in Wellesley. Frank Dever 
represented the class at the Mass. My plans to 
attend were nullified by family Mother's Day 
plans. Joe will be back from his European trip in 
time to say our annual memorial Mass. 

• Senility is creeping in. I very definitely recall 
acknowledging an error brought to my attention 
by Vin DeBenedictus, and I promised to make 
the correction in this issue. However, I now have 
no recollection of what the error was. Maybe Vin 
will remind me in time for the next issue. 

• John Mitchell reports that he is recovering 
nicely following triple-bypass surgery. He 
expects to be fully recovered in time to celebrate 
his fourty-seventh wedding anniversary in 
October. • As you read this, the football season 
will have begun. Circumstances have changed 
my pregame tailgating on Shea Field to pregame 
socializing in the Hall of Fame Room. Come 
on down; guests are welcome. If interested, 
please let me know. In any event, my Helen and 
I hope to still be found in Section R, Row 24, 
Seats 13 and 14. Stop by and say "hello." 

Thomas O'Connell Murray 

14 Churchill Rd. 

West Roxbury, MA 02132-3402 


Sadly, once again we must begin our column 
with condolences, first to the family of Bob 
Bryson, who died April 21. Father Bob was the 
longtime pastor of St. Albert the Great in 
Weymouth. • Our condolences next go to Fran 
and the family of John Foynes, who also died 
April 21. John was a member of the old Newbury 
Street group of CBA, an army vet and a lawyer 
in Boston. • Next, our condolences go to Grace 
and the family of Ed Welch who died last 
September 14. Ed was a navy vet, graduated 
from University of Vermont Medical School and 
practiced general medicine in Whitman for over 
forty years. • Condolences also go to the family 
of John Keane, who died last November in 
Missouri. This news came from his daughter 
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professor of physics at St. Louis College of 
Pharmacy. • Further condolences go to Frank 
Conroy on the death of his wife, Jean, on March 
23. • We also thank those additional widows who 
have paid class dues in memory of our late 
classmates: Betty (Bob) Rehling, Peg (Joe) Turke, 
Kay (Ed) Diwer, Mary (Dick) Schoenfeld, Agnes 
(Joe) Lyons and Peg (Paul) King. • With many 
thanks to Joe O'Neil, we learned that he, Jim 
Harvey, and Maureen and Al Donovan attended 
the Laetare Sunday service. • Odds and ends 
from dues payments: Ed Smith tells us that 
Dave Madden, son of our late Ed Madden, is in 
his second term as mayor of Weymouth. 

• Hal Habib has moved to Norfolk and can be 
reached at 5 Chatham Road or 508-528-1116. 

• With many thanks to Frank Hill, we learned 
that a few classmates and widows were present 
at the alumni-sponsored reunion events on May 
31. In addition to Dot and Frank were Ellie and 
Bob Casey, Dot and Dan Healy, Mildred and Ray 
Sisk, Anne Marie and Bob Blute, Maureen and 
Al Donovan, Carol Sue and Bob Donelan, 
Patricia and John Sarjeant, Agnes Lyons, and 
Helen O'Meara. • It was great to see so many 
folks at the sixtieth anniversary luncheon, held 
on June 10 at the Marriott in Newton. Of those 
who replied they could not come, the majority of 
reasons were physical problems, so we wish all 
those folks the best of health. • Those widows 
present were Agnes Lyons; Kay Diwer; Carol 
Finnegan; Betty Grimes; Bernadette Corbett; 
Mary Boudreau; Eunice Power; Peg King, who 
was accompanied by her two sons, Richard and 
Greg; and Fran Galligan. Classmates and wives 
present were the Ray Sisks, John Hayes, 
the Frank Hills, Lou Alfano, Ernie Santosusso, 
the Jim Harveys, the Bob Blutes, the 
Joe Sullivans, Tom Manning, Ed Moloney, 
Frank Flaherty, the Bob Donelans, Jack 
Manning, the Vin Stakutises, the John 
Bellissimos, the Eddie O'Connors, the Tom 
Currys, the Dan Healys, the Ed Smiths, the 
George Crisses, the Al Donovans, Bob Winkler, 
Father Bill Commane, Father Dan Moran, and 
the Tom Murrays.* Late word has it that Jim P. 
Connolly suffered a broken ankle and is 
recovering on the Cape. • A really weird excuse: 
Bill Shea and Pat could not make it because of 
a very large sinkhole in the driveway that 
made car operation impossible. • Watch your 
mail for further news, and please keep in touch. 

James F. O'Donnell 

3317 Newark St. 

Washington, DC 20008 


The Hub: Boston Past and Present is a great read 
for all in the class of '44! At our golden jubilee 
in 1994, University historian and professor of 
History Thomas H. O'Connor delivered the 
feature lecture on "Building a New Boston: 
Politics and Urban Renewal, 1950-1970." Our 
class president, Paul J. Burns, WWII US Marine 
Corps, like so many other 1940's BC veterans 
returning to Boston and completing law school, 
prepared for post-war life through active 
involvement in the brave new initiative ushered 
into the Hub's old City Hall on School Street by 
Mayor John B. Hines (succeeding the "Young 
Jim" Curley era). In his superb coverage of the 
history of Boston, our University historian, 
noting the coincidence of timing for the Hines 
New Boston initiative, recalls, "Such measures 
as social security, unemployment compensation 
and the extensive benefits provided by the GI 

Bill of Rights encouraged citizens to become 
more dependent on the bottomless largess of 
federal agencies than on the limited handouts of 
city bosses." O'Connor takes note that "All over 
America, big city bosses like James Michael 
Curley are becoming political dinosaurs." His 
text focuses on the "New Generation" theme of 
which JFK would later speak in his inaugural 
address, including, of course, the class of '44, 
and on the reality that among those who 
gathered around the Hines banner were "a 
number of young war veterans, many of whom 
were participating in a city election for the first 
time. Better educated, less parochial and more 
sophisticated in their political idealism, they 
were clearly ready for a new style of political 
leadership that would bring honesty and integri- 
ty to a city that had acquired a reputation for 
graft and corruption ... a broad-based coalition 
of reform-minded Irish, Jewish and Italian 
voters, as well as ... representatives of the 
African American community in the South 
End." As a Gray Line sightseeing lecturer in 
Boston in my student days, along with '44 
classmate and US Marine Corps veteran Tom 
Comer of Dorchester, I received The Hub as a 
priceless gift from my daughter Karen, a recent 
recipient of a volunteer award from the National 
Parks Foundation for service with Friends of the 
Boston Harbor Islands, and was rewarded with 
a great read. While awaiting correspondence 
from classmates for the next issue of the Boston 
College Magazine, may I again urge readers of 
this column to pick up a copy of Thomas H. 
O'Connor's The Hub at the Boston College 
Bookstore, your favorite bookstore or local 
library, and, as I did, get into a comfortable 
chair, shut off the TV, and enjoy this rightly 
acclaimed story of Boston, its coping with 
clashing cultures and its success in surviving — 
Big Dig and all — into the 21st century. Finally, 
classmates of the seagoing services (Navy, 
Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant 
Marines), many of whom went overseas on 
LSTs, LSMs, LCIs and APAs and made landings 
from LCTs, LCMs, LCVPs, etc., the US Navy 
Memorial Foundation is currently honoring 
your sea service with an exhibit on the "100th 
Anniversary of the Navy/Marine Corps 
Amphibious Program," at 701 Pennsylvania 
Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. (For info, 

Louis V. Sorgi 

5 Augusta Rd. 

Milton, MA 02186 

We had our class memorial Mass at St. Mary's 
Chapel on campus and our luncheon on June 5 
in Gasson Hall (T-100). Paul Paget was 
chairman of this event, and, as usual, he did a 
terrific job. He had a handout at the Mass that 
included the list of our deceased members and 
the participants. Father Patrick Kelly and 
Vincent Burns, SJ, concelebrated the Mass. Dave 
Hern and Leo McGrath were altar servers. Tom 
Loftus was the reader, and Charles Earley led the 
responsorial psalm. Joe Devlin was the leader 
for prayers of the faithful, and Paul Dawson and 
Rita presented the gifts. We also had an organist 
this year, and Paul printed three hymns, which 
were passed out to all of us for singing with 
organ. After Mass, we proceeded to Gasson Hall 
for a lovely luncheon. The food was very good, 
featuring a seafood Newburg. Bill Noonan, '48, 
a leader in the Boston College Institute for 
Learning in Retirement, talked on Father 
Leahy's "The Church in the 21st Century" 

initiative. Bill gave an excellent talk, reminding 
that in these trying times we should become 
very active in our parish, discussing the 
problems in the church today. We had forty 
people attending the Mass and luncheon. I want 
to thank and congratulate Paul Paget on a 
terrific job. I also want to thank Fr. Pat Kelly and 
Vin Burns, SJ, the concelebrants. Hopefully, we 
will do this again in 2004. • We lost another 
classmate this year with the death of John 
"Mike" Brady, who passed away on March 13. 
Mike suffered a number of years with 
respiratory problems. Despite these problems 
he attended our golden eagle celebration and 
participated in all the events. The sympathy of 
the class is extended to his wife, Patricia, and his 
family. • On the bright side, Joe Harrington 
celebrated his eightieth with his family at the 
Seaport Hotel and with a grand dinner at 
Jimmy's Harborside Restaurant, with 39 
children, spouses, grandchildren, nieces and 
nephews. • Jack McCarthy and Mary Lou and 
yours truly and Lillian attended BC night at the 
Pops. This is a great event, and everyone should 
try to attend next year. • Joe Figurito has written 
a new book called Giocchino DaFiore and Dante 
Alighieri on Moral Renewal. This is an exegesis of 
Dante's Divine Comedy. Joe felt that it was 
proper to present this work now, at the 
beginning of the third millennium. This book is 
being published by the Burns Library and will be 
available when you receive this issue of the 
Boston College Magazine. Space limitations 
prevent me from doing this book justice. Joe is a 
professor emeritus and taught Romance 
language for 52 years before his retirement in 
2000. We congratulate Joe on his new book and 
his many years of service to his alma mater. 
• We are all planning our annual football game 
and dinner for September 27. Bill Hamrock is 
chair of this event, and some of you will have 
received a note from him by the time you receive 
this magazine. Please sign up if you have not 
done so. • Jack McCarthy, Tom Loftus, Lou 
Sorgi, Charlie McKenzie and spouses were at 
Laetare Sunday. • One final note on the Gasson 
Society and President's Circle Brunch. Bill 
Hamrock, Joe Figurito, myself and spouses 
attended this affair held at Gasson Hall (T-100). 
Father Leahy addressed the group and said that 
the College was doing very well. Enrollment was 
up, with over 22,000 applications. Thanks to all 
of you who responded to our dues request. 
That's it for now. Ever to Excel! 

Leo F. Roche 

26 Sargent Rd. 

Winchester, MA 01890 


Richard J. Fitzgerald 

P.O. Box 171 

North Falmouth, MA 02556 


Mario Gianelli was honored with former 
governor Ed J. King at the BC/Navy game last 
October. Mario played football with the 
Philadelphia Eagles for four years, including 
two championship games (now called the 
Superbowl). He has been retired for ten years. 
He and his wife have three children and two 
grandchildren and have been married for 53 5 

years. Mario is a member of the BC Hall of 
Fame and will be inducted into the Bridgton, 
ME, Hall of Fame in June. Ed King was widowed 
in October 1996, after 43 years of marriage. Ed 
has two married sons and four grandchildren. 
Two of the grandchildren are twin boys. He is 
involved in the financial real estate markets and 
is active at St. Joseph's Parish in Miami Beach, 
FL. • Three of our classmates have died. John 
Rebholz died on April 17, 2000. He and his 
wife, Anne, were married almost sixty years. 
Thomas J. Kelly died on April 20, 2003. Dick 
Wilder, Jr., wrote that his father, Richard Wilder, 
passed away in 1995, and his mother died in 
2001. Richard was very proud of his BC 
background and entertained many alumni at his 
Cape house. He was an avid football follower 
and took his family to Dublin for the BC game. 

• Father Robert Costello and Father Angelo 
Loscocco celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of 
their ordinations to priesthood this year. Father 
Loscocco expects to retire soon. He recently was 
on a pilgrimage to the shrines of Spain and is 
planning a trip to Alaska this year. Father 
Thomas Scanlon celebrated his forty-seventh. 
Fr. Scanlon is a priest of the Diocese of Baker, 
OR and has been retired for five years. He helps 
out at local parishes and has just started helping 
with Masses in Spanish. • William Kickham has 
been retired for two years, turned eighty this 
May and enjoys good health. He has three 
children and seven grandchildren. Son Michael 
is a double Eagle. Bill plays golf in Ireland every 
year. • Robert Morris has been retired for 15 
years. He and his wife, Patricia, married for 47 
years, have six children and 14 grandchildren. 
They spend six months in Naples, FL, and six 
months in Centerville. He is a weekly collector 
at St. William's Church in Naples. He is also a 
Knight of the Holy Sepulcher and an active 
member of the BC Club of Southwest Florida. 
They recently made a trip to Nova Scotia. • Gene 
Nash has been retired since 1988. He and his 
wife, Barbara, have seven children and eight 
grandchildren. Their daughter Mary got her 
doctorate in education from BC. Their 
granddaughter Kate Nash graduated from BC 
and is now in graduate school there. Grandson 
Thomas enters BC this Fall. • Edward L. 
Richmond and his wife, Lisa, have four children 
and seven grandsons. He has been retired since 
1998 but still does some lawyering. They take 
walking tours in the English countryside and 
have gone to Paris, DC, NYC and Montreal. He 
is a town-meeting member in Brookline. • Fred 
Maguire has been retired for eighteen years. His 
wife, Lois, died in September 2002. They were 
married for 51 years. Fred traveled to Ireland for 
the seventh time recently with his brother Bill 
('54) and brother-in-law Tom Cody of Holy 
Cross. • Bob Marshall and his wife, Gloria, are 
celebrating their fifty-first wedding anniversary. 
He is active in real estate and works part time as 
a nautilus instructor at the Quincy YMCA. He is 
continuing violin lessons and skied at Loon 
Mountain with his family last February. 

• George Savage informs me that his youngest 
brother, Bob ('50), died in April 2003. George 
was in the ICU at Carney Hospital with a blood 
disorder recently. • Mrs. Paul Lane (Joanne 
Scanlon) wrote that they have four children and 
nine grandchildren. One daughter is a BC 
graduate, class of '78. Two of the grandchildren 
are BC graduates, and one is an undergraduate. 
She participates in the Scanlon award dinner. 
Her father was president of the class 1919-1920 

and was the president for five terms of the 
Varsity Club. The Scanlon Award is given each 
year to the most outstanding scholar athlete. 
The first award was given to Vic Palladino. • Jim 
Ward has published a booklet called PAIDAI 
(pay day) that lists six principles of successful 
sales. You can obtain a copy from him at P.O. 
Box 766, Smithtown, NY 11787. • Please submit 
your updates to the above e-mail address. 

William H. Flaherty, Jr. 

44 Concord Rd. 

Billerica, MA 01821 



A fellow goes to the doctor. The doctor says, 
"I have good news and bad news" ... Good News: 
John Driscoll was pictured in the February 27 
Chronicle wrapping up his last official day as vice 
president for administration with a ceremonial 
final walk down Linden Lane, accompanied 
by his grandson William Driscoll '05. John has 
been serving as a special consultant for the 
president since 1977. • Several classmates 
attended Laetare Sunday: Tom O'Connor and 
Mary, Ernie Ciampa and Margaret, Jim 
Whelton and Louise, John Hickey and 
Mary, John Carney and Madelyn, and Lou Visco. 

• John Cahill gets an A for planning. He has 
two daughters in FL and a son in New Orleans. 
He gets out of NH early and arrives back home 
very late. John always was one of the smart ones 
in the class. • We had 41 classmates respond to 
president John Carney's request for dues. 

• Great turnout at the April 27, 2:00 p.m. 
performance of A Little Night Music, the Stephen 
Sondheim musical, at the Robsham Theater 
Arts Center. Attending were: Arthur Ashur 
and Anne, John Carney and Madelyn, Charlie 
Brennan and Marion, Bill Butler and Ann, Ernie 
Ciampa and Margaret, Bill Cohan and 
Fran, Garrett Cullen, Sahag Dakesian and 
Margaret, Fran Dolan and Cecelia, Bill 
Flaherty and Eileen, Gerry Hagerty and 
Theresa, John Hickey and Mary, Leo Joy, 
John McQuillan and Dot, Steve Michelowski 
and Wanda, Tom Murphy and Phyllis 
Martin, John Prince and Mary, Joe Quinn and 
Alice, Peter Rogerson and Paula, Don St. 
Andre and Amedia, Jim Whelton and Louise, 
Jean Schoenfeld, Mary Dowd, and Mary 
Murphy. • And now, regretfully, the Bad News: 
Frank Browne reports his wife, Jane, passed 
away last year after a long illness. • Jake 
Emmons, outstanding member of our class, lost 
his daughter Liane in KS several months ago. 

• Joe Burke, living in Phoenix, AZ, and one of 
my favorites, reports that his wife, Betty, passed 
away July 7, 2002, from a heart attack. Joe 
reports no women knocking down his doors yet, 
but he did have one or two ask him if he was 
lonely. His answer: "No, thanks." • The class 
sends it deepest sympathy to classmates who 
have recently lost a loved one. • Two great class 
members, Hank Barry and John Forkin, report 
leg problems that prevent them from attending 
class functions. Get well soon — -we miss you 
both. What Goes Around Comes Around: When 
we were creating our fiftieth anniversary 
yearbook, under the outstanding leadership of 
Sahag, the publisher asked if it could borrow a 
Sub Turri of one of the class members to help 
produce the book. Being the trusting soul that I 
am, I loaned my book. After many requests to 
recover the book, to no avail, I gave up hope of 
ever seeing the book again. In late December, I 
received a note: "Dear Mr. Flaherty, My brother, 

John L. Owen, was a member of BC '49. Since 
his death in i960, I have had his Sub Turri 
yearbook. Now, I wonder if some members of 
the class would want it. It has no handwriting 
and is in excellent condition. I would be delighted 
to have someone who cares about the 
yearbook receive it. Kindly let me know. Best 
wishes for 2003. Sincerely, Margaret M. (Owen) 
Conway M.Ed. '53." I made arrangements to 
pick up the book at the Dedham Public Library, 
and the book is now in my possession. Talk 
about Lazarus! Good things come to those who 
wait. Thank you, Margaret M. (Owen) Conway. I 
will always be grateful. 

John A. Dewire 

15 Chester St., No. 31 

Cambridge, MA 02140 


The class golf day took place at the Falmouth 
Country Club on Thursday, June 12, 2003. The 
results will be in the next issue of this magazine. 
Eddie Brady and Jack Farrell were the 
moderators again this year. • James F. Gabbeth, 
Jr., died on February 5, 2002, at Mission St. 
Joseph's Hospital in Henderson Circle, NC. He 
was a resident of Baton Rouge, LA, for 20 years 
before moving to Henderson County, NC, in 
1999. He completed graduate work at Brooklyn 
Polytechnic Institute. Formerly in research 
positions with Escambia Chemical Corp. in 
Wilton, CT, and PPG Industries in Pittsburgh, 
PA, he joined Georgia Gulf Corp. in 1977 and 
retired as director of polymer research in 1993. 
He was a veteran of WWII in the European 
Theater while serving with the Ninth U.S. Air 
Force. He was a member of the Vinyl Chloride 
Association, SCORE and the American 
Chemical Society. He is survived by his loving 
wife of 52 years, Anne; two daughters, Suzanne 
L. Kerr of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and Kathleen Doty 
of Denver, CO; and one sister, Helen Scollings, 
of Norwood. Interment took place at Mt. 
Pleasant Cemetery in St. Johnsbury, VT 
• Robert J. Savage passed away on April 4, 2003, 
at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Bob was 
former chief operating officer for an insurance 
company and former president of the Boston 
Chamber of Commerce. He was a Needham 
resident for the past 40 years. He worked as 
chief operating officer of Ambassador Insurance 
Co. of Montpelier, VT, and was a consultant to 
the Vermont State Insurance Commission. Bob 
was a WWII U.S. Navy veteran and a member of 
the Montpelier Elks. He is survived by his wife, 
Patricia, three daughters and two sons. • Ed 
Brady visited his son Peter in AZ this spring. 

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• Francis R. Kelly of Marshfield died on March 
21, 2003. He leaves his wife, Anna Marie; a 
daughter, Martha, of Bloomfield, CT; four sons, 
Kevin of Sugar Land, TX, Paul of Pembroke, Joel 
of Exton, PA, and Brien of Melrose. He has 12 
grandchildren and one great-grandchild. I want 
to thank Eddie Brady for all of the material that 
he has sent to me. • I attended Dorothy 
Harwood's funeral Mass on April 11, 2003, at 
Walpole. At the church I saw Eddie Brady, Jackie 
Farrell, Mrs. Bert Shannon and Shirley 
Horrigan. • We are passing on, as Fr. J. F. X. 
Murphy used to say, "with the most disgusting 
regularity." Time marches on! On behalf of the 
class, I wish to express to the families of these 
recently deceased classmates our deepest and 
sincere sympathy. 



Ann Fulton Cote 

n Prospect St. 

Winchester, MA 01890 

With sadness, I must report the death of Carol 
Casey Bermel '51, in January 2003. She leaves 
eight children and 19 grandchildren. Please 
pray for her family. I saw Helene Sweeney 
Doyle '50 at the Belmont Hill School graduation 
of her grandson, another William Doyle. Billy is 
headed for Boston College in September. 
Helene tells me that Mary Lou Julian Natoli '50 
is joining Mary McManus Frechette '50 and her 
husband on a wonderful trip, taking the 
beautiful, scenic train trip from Vancouver 
eastward. Bon voyage! Please send me news. 

Joseph A. Ryan 

28 Guilford Drive, P.O. Box 1167 

Harwich, MA 02645 


The notes for 1951 were inadvertently omitted in the 
spring issue. Here they are, followed by the summer 
notes. We regret the error. — Editor 
Classmate James P. "Jim" Foley has been 
honored by Boston College with the John S. 
Griffin, Jr., Distinguished Volunteer Award. It 
was presented by University President William 
J. Leahy, SJ, at a tribute dinner on April 4 at the 
Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston. It is given to the 
"outstanding class agents whose meritorious 
volunteer service on behalf of Boston College 
contributed to the advancement of the academic 
mission of higher education in the Jesuit 
tradition." Father Leahy wrote to Jim, "I am 
grateful for your remarkable record of service to 
Boston College ... and I thank you for all of your 
efforts, and congratulate you on your 
well-earned honor." Jim has been a volunteer in 
BC's fundraising and development endeavors. 
The award is named for John Griffin, Jr. '35, who 
was an outstanding leader among development 
volunteers and a builder of the telethon 
program. • Jim did his undergraduate work at 
the management school (B.S./B.A.). Like many 
of us young Eagles of that era, Jim commuted 
from Dorchester to the Heights as a hitchhiking 
"knight of the road." After receiving his master's 
degree in economics from BC in 1953, he was 
commissioned a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy 
Supply Corps, serving on active duty for almost 
four years. His professional career spanned 30 
years with Boston Edison's financial operation. 
He retired as director of corporate finance in 
1988. Along the way, he graduated from the 
Harvard Business School's executive education 
program in 1965. The BC family tradition 
continues. Jim's son, John, is a 1978 graduate of 

the management school, and his granddaughter 
Jennifer is a member of the 2005 management 
school class. His beloved wife of 47 years, 
Edwina (Regis '53), passed away in 2001. • While 
on the subject of volunteerism, I am looking for 
a few hundred good BC men of '51 who have a 
tale to tell or a story to spin. Just call me at 
508-432-0035. (If it is more convenient, you can 
e-mail me at Give me 
the facts, and let me elaborate (or embellish) 
as appropriate. Remember, in the immortal 
words of Aristotle, "Modesty is a fear of falling 
in disrepute." • Among classmates attending the 
celebration of Laetare Sunday at the Heights 
were John Bacon and Mary, Walter Connolly 
and Brenda, George Desmond and Alice, 
Albert Goodrow, Ray Martin, Joe McGonagle, 
Maurice Rahilly, Vin Stanton and John 
Sullivan. • There was a new entry known as 
"Team Durant" in this year's Boston Marathon 
classic. The team was made up of 19 men and 
women — 11 from Massachusetts General 
Hospital — who ran on behalf of our late 
classmate Tom Durant. The dedicated 
runners — all of whom finished the race — 
raised more than $49,000 for the Durant 
Refugee Fellowship Program, far exceeding the 
projected goal. This first-time endeavor "honors 
and celebrates the life and legacy of an 
extraordinary humanitarian by supporting an 
MGH doctor or nurse to work in refugee 
camps around the world," Dr. Ronan said. 
• Classmates Larry and Kay Sullivan sent a short 
note from a long distance — Tenino, WA. Larry, 
who was ordained a permanent deacon in 
Boston- 25 years ago, now serves as a judge in 
the Archdiocese of Seattle Tribunal. I bet you 
didn't know that Larry and Kay were the first 
married couple to graduate from BC, Larry from 
Arts & Sciences and Kay from the School of 
Nursing. Also, they wrote how much they 
enjoyed the Class Notes. • Since the last two 
issues, peace came to Morton F. Alpert 
(Sarasota, FL), David M. Crehan (West Roxbury, 
MA), H. Kenneth Dooley (Braintree), William E. 
Jennings (Ft. Lauderdale, FL), Edward Kearns 
(San Dimas, CA), Thomas F. Mahoney 
(Leominster), Vincent L. Molinaro (Chestnut 
Hill) David J. O'Dea (Watertown), Thomas S. 
Philbin (West Yarmouth), Ralph J. Rosenzweig 
(Melrose) and Herbert A. Varnerin (Norton). 

Edward L Englert, Jr. 

128 Colberg Ave. 

Roslindale, MA 02131 


From the news I have received, I would say that 
the class is going strong and enjoying life. 
Will Hynes spent time in Naples this winter. 
Archie Walsh and Marilyn, John O'Connor and 
Carolyn, and Will and Trudy spent an afternoon 
at the home of Joe Ippolito and Rita and enjoyed 
a cookout, reminiscing back to the '50s. Joe has 
become quite a chef over the years. Also heard 
from Dick Bangs who, along with Joan, went to 
Naples in March and participated in the St. 
Patrick's Day celebration. I understand our 
class was well represented in the parade in 
Naples, either on foot or in the trolleys provided. 
• Al Sexton had his annual class luncheon at the 
Vanderbilt Inn in Naples in March, and more 
than 50 people attended. Those enjoying the 
function were Bob Allen, Jim Callahan, Steve 
Casey, Tom Cummiskey, Roger Connor, Al 
Casassa, Jerry Dacey, Lois Doyle, Bob Doherty, 
Barry Driscoll, BUI Doherty, Jack Donovan, Vin 

Green, John McArdle, Al Johnson, Jim 
Kenneally, Jack Leary, Dick McLaughlin, Dave 
Murphy, Frank McDermott, Jim Mulrooney, Bill 
Newell, Tim O'Connell, Joe O'Shaughnessy, 
Bernie O' Sullivan, Art Powell and Charlie 
Sherman. Al was quite pleased that for the third 
year in a row there were no arrests. I suppose 
after 50 years everything has already been said 
and done, and there isn't much left to do. 
Remember, these were some of the guys who 
ran to the Beacon when there was a free class 
and also the guys who enjoyed gourmet lunches 
at the OG in Brighton. These were some of the 
guys who danced every dance at the Totem Pole 
and at Nuttings and Moseleys. No wonder they 
are slowing down! Did anyone notice that Al 
Sexton was wearing a streaker's t-shirt in a 
picture in the yearbook? He smiled when I 
asked him about it. He then told me we would 
be seeing more of him now that he was barely 
elected captain of the Cape Cod streaking team 
in 2004. I think he was streaking in FL while 
many of us were shivering and shoveling snow 
at home this winter! • The Laetare Sunday 
communion brunch in March was well attended 
thanks to the efforts of Fred Meagher, and '52 
had more than 35 people with them, one of the 
largest class groups present. • Recently heard 
from Jeanne Clancy, Bill Walsh (IL), Beatrice 
Ames, Joe Fagan, Gene McAuliffe, Jack 
Nylander, Ken Mclntire, Rita Walsh McGowan, 
Larry Durkee, Tom Hannon, John Healy (VA), 
Paul Drummond, Vincent Beninati (PA), Stan 
Saperstein, Paul Reardon (NJ), Frank Canning 
and Jim Parsons. Also sending regards to the 
class were Dick Schwartz (Cloverdale, CA), Lois 
Doyle, John Kastberg (NY), Gene Clark (NY), 
Dick McCabe, Bernie Cullen (FL), Bill Curtin, 
Charlie Daly, Dick Tilly, Tom O'Maley 
(Carmichael, CA), Gerry Olsen (NH), Maurice 
Hastings, Joe Keohane (RI), Tom Nee, Bob 
Barry, Charlie Haney, Bob Quinn, Merritt 
Mahoney (Lansing, MI), Harry Trask, Dick Mayo 
(St. Petersburg, FL), Joe McCall and Peter 
Chrisom. Good to hear from all of you! • Sorry to 
report the recent death of Bill Geary of 
Plymouth. Bill was the brother of Gerry Geary, 
and both were double Eagles. • Heard from Pat 
Greeley, who is living in Daytona Beach Shores, 
FL, a long way from his original home in ME. 
Pat worked for the Department of Defense 
schools as a teacher, councilor and administrator 
for twenty years, then retired from Puerto Rico. 
• After reading the latest Boston College 
Magazine, I realized there were 51 classes after 
ours with notes. Remember 1952, when we 
were the youngest class? Some of us had been 
previously in the military service, and many 
were about to go into the service after 
graduation. It is hard to realize, after all these 
years since we graduated, that many of our 
children are too old to enter the service now, 
although some are serving in the armed forces. 
As we get older, life changes so fast, and things 
just aren't the way they used to be. I envy the 
guys who are still playing golf! If I bend over to 
tee up the ball, I need help to get back up. If I 
take the grandchildren for an ice cream cone, it 
is they who now stand in line for the order. If 
some idiot flies by me using a cell phone while 
driving and I blast the horn, he waves back, but 
not with all fingers! Yes, time really goes by fast 
and time certainly does change things in our 
lives. Fortunately, we still go on enjoying life. 
Please send me news and keep us posted on 
your whereabouts, wherever you are. 7 

Robert W. Kelly 

586 White Cliffs Drive 

Plymouth, MA 02360 


To capsulize our fiftieth reunion there's just one 
word — Wow! Between the Alumni Association 
and the Class Reunion Committee, co-chaired 
by Jim Willwerth and Bob Willis, what was put 
together for our fiftieth was unbelievable. 
Everything, from the advance notices to the 
registration, was done like clockwork. From the 
moment we went into Vanderslice Hall to 
register to our first event we were treated like 
royalty. They had large life-sized photos of 
classmates from fifty-odd years ago with prizes 
for guessing who was who. Eventually Bill 
McSweeney won a sweater for the correct 
answer. But let me start with the week's activity. 
On Wednesday, the class sponsored a golf 
outing. As of this writing, they're still tabulating 
the results, something about signed scorecards, 
I think. I'll try to get the final results for the next 
issue of this magazine. So, now we get into the 
meat of the reunion. It started Thursday evening 
with the golden eagle welcome dinner, held in 
the dining room of the old Philosophy Building, 
as we knew it, now called Lyons Hall, with 
cocktails from 5:00 to 6:30 and dinner from 
6:30 to 8:00. What a crowd, what socializing, 
what fun. Seeing some classmates who hadn't 
been back to the campus for forty to fifty years 
was a thrill by itself. There was a lot of hugging 
all over the dining hall. You were just thrilled at 
the goings-on between grown men. Bob Willis's 
opening speech highlighted all the changes that 
have taken place at BC since 1953. He was 
followed by Fr. Monan who updated us on the 
Boston College of the Twenty- First Century. The 
reunion committee deserves "a tip of the hat" 
from all our classmates for the kick-off event, 
which set the tone for the festive week. • On 
Friday at lunch, the golden eagle investiture was 
held when all present classmates were given 
their golden eagles and initiated as such. Paul 
Coughlin was the class speaker. He concluded 
his remarks by offering his thoughts on the 
meaning of a Jesuit education, saying, 
"Excellence, Truth and Service; you can get an 
accounting degree anywhere." A moment of 
silence was held for our missing, sick and 
departed golden eagles. All of our thoughts were 
with them, wherever they may be. Friday night 
was our night at the Pops, with Keith Lockhart 
conducting. Shivers went down our spines 
when the Pops orchestra and everyone in 
Symphony Hall sang "For Boston." • On 
Saturday at the celebration of loyalty, Gerry 
McLaughlin and Spike Boyle, co-chairs of the 
class gift committee, proudly presented Father 
Leahy with a check for almost $2.5 million. It 
was the second largest fiftieth anniversary gift in 
the history of Boston College. Later that day our 
Memorial Mass was held at St. Ignatius Church, 
and our missing and ill classmates were prayed 
for. Especially named were John Keaney, Jospeh 
Clougherty, Carl Solone and Paul Campbell, 
who passed away since my last notes, and for 
Frank Sullivan, who is seriously ill in Naples, FL, 
and Phil Hopkins, who is also seriously ill. Both 
called me about their disappointment at being 
unable to attend. Father Joseph Appleyard, SJ, 
was the homilist and connected the Gospel with 
the events of Reunion Weekend. Also 
concelebrating with Father Leahy were Fathers 
Lawrence Drennan, Thomas Fleming, Paul 
McPartland and James Riley and Monsignor 
Paul Ryan. The Saturday night dinner dance 

was treated to remarks by John Burns, who 
outlined for us a history of his association with 
and love for Boston College. • The most popular 
room in Vanderslice Hall was 417, the 
hospitality suite. It was where we reminisced 
and even tried to settle some of the world's 
problems. Vanderslice Hall's namesake, Tom 
Vanderslice, was recognized with an honorary 
Doctor of Business Administration degree 
which was to be conferred on him at 
commencement. • We have in our midst a 
Broadway star, Jean Grace. Jean is the wife of 
Leo Grace and was on the Paris trip — what a 
voice! Jean sang to the tune of "The Last Time I 
Saw Paris" with her own special words and 
spellbound the crowd! Classmate John Hughes 
hasn't changed over the fifty years — still the 
same fun-loving guy I remember from when we 
used to go to Falmouth Heights in the 
summertime. John had all the young waitresses 
line up, and the band played the cancan while 
they did the kick step. He then had the six 
football players present — John Burns, center, 
John McCauley, halfback, Patsy Cacace, guard, 
Mike Doohan, tackle, Eddie Wall, guard, 
Art O'Brien, tackle, and the old head cheerleader 
myself, Bob Kelly, lead the classmates and 
all present with a couple of "For Bostons." I 
think the applesauce song got in there also. 
Unfortunately, there is not space enough in the 
notes to mention all the attendees by name. For 
a complete list of Reunion Weekend attendees, 
visit • I received a 
great note from Margaret Buck Crawford, 
president of the '53 Nursing class, who informed 
me, the class snoop, that over fifty percent of the 
Nursing School alumnae were present at the 
fiftieth. Peg writes me that she and Joyce Burke 
Welch were on the fiftieth planning committee 
and that all of their work finally paid off with 
the great turnout. Peg Crawford lives at 59 
Audubon Road, Norwood, MA 02062, and 
her phone number is 781-769-3466, if any 
classmate wishes to contact her. 

David F. Pierre 

P.O. Box 72 

Prides Crossing, MA 01965 



Last winter, when the class of '54 attended a 
hockey game at Kelley Rink, it reminded us that 
our class had a group of outstanding players on 
the team. Among those were Bill Maguire, Jack 
Canniff and Jim Cisternelli. These three 
attended the regionals together in Worcester 
and also attended the fiftieth anniversary of the 
first Beanpot. We also should not forget Bob 
Kiley, Bob Siblo and Bob Babine, who is now 
deceased. • We have learned from John Clogan 
that Ed Doherty passed away last March. John 
attended the funeral along with Dick Curley. 
The Cape Cod Times notes in Ed's obituary that 
he was "an innovator in the marine industry and 
a pioneer in developing computer management 
systems for marinas and dockominium 
conversions of marinas internationally. He was 
considered one of the country's leading expert 
witnesses in marine valuations. He was the only 
marine professional in the U.S. who was a 
counselor of real estate, a certified real, estate 
appraiser and an international marine certified 
marina manager." Ed was also a member of the 
executive committee of the President's Circle for 
BC. He was also a double Eagle and the 
president of his sophomore class. • James L. 

Kelley, Jr., who had lived in Hong Kong for 40 
years, passed away last spring. He was the 
nephew of the legendary "Snooks" Kelley..* We 
will be reporting in the next issue about the 
mini-reunion held on campus. The featured 
speaker, Cathy Inglese, the head coach of BC 
women's basketball, brought her team to the 
NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time this year. 
• We have learned from his wife, Marianne, that 
Lloyd D. Taylor passed away last March. He 
received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from 
MIT and was a fellow and corporate officer at 
Polaroid for over 35 years. As a polymer 
scientist, Lloyd was instrumental in the 
development of instant color photography and 
was named a Hah of Fame Scientist at Polaroid. 
An author of 103 patents and 45 publications, he 
received the BC Alumni Award for Science in 
1982. Lloyd was always proud of the fact that he 
graduated from BC and loved the school. 

Class Notes Editor 

Boston College Alumni House 

\ 825 Centre St. 

Newton, MA 02458 



Marie J. Kelleher 

12 Tappan St. 

Melrose, MA 02176 


Visualize, if you will, the poster we have seen 
since childhood. You know the one — Uncle Sam 
pointing his finger and saying, "I want you." 
Well, Jean O'Neil, John Johnson, John Vozzella, 
Dan Foley, John O'Connell and yours truly 
not only want you but we need you, to join us 
in two special projects — planning the fiftieth 
anniversary-year activities and publishing our 
yearbook. Although it is still two years before we 
become golden eagles, we are starting now so 
that we can have a spectacular year and superb 
yearbook. Jean has some wonderful ideas, and 
Gina, from Jostens (the yearbook company), has 
met with us and is ready to assist us with her 
expertise. During the summer, you received a 
letter from John Johnson. Please think about it 
and about your talents, and then come and join 
us at the meeting planned for this fall. If you are 
out of state and want to help, we will make 
arrangements for you to do so via fax and e-mail. 
We need these projects to be all-inclusive, with 
representation from all the schools and majors. 
Thanks! Hope to "BCing" you at the meeting. 
• I have a recommendation for any of you who 
anticipate going to the theater in NYC in the 
near future. As I write this column, Vin 
Matteucci's granddaughter, Sarah C. Matteucci, 
is in rehearsal for a new off-Broadway musical, 
A Stoop on Orchard Street. It is due to open July 
10 at the Mazur Theater. Sarah graduated on 
May 22 from Barnard College at Columbia 
University with a BA. in music, summa cum 
laude. She was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa. 
Sarah is planning on pursuing a singing and 
acting career, and I know you join me in saying 
that we look forward to seeing her name in 
lights. • Charlie Costello had a great trip this 
spring. His travels included Australia, New 
Zealand and Fiji. The words of the Disney World 
song "It's A Small World" came true, because 
while he was in Christchurch, New Zealand, lo 
and behold, Charlie met George Drury, SJ. 
While Father Drury has been at BC since 1954, 
he is at Christchurch for six months to do 



research. They had a grand chat. • Fred Brannan 
has continued his long association with Habitat 
for Humanity. For many years, he went to 
Americus, GA, but this year he went to Naples 
and worked with the Habitat group in Collier 
County. ♦ Walt Bankowski and his wife, Jan, also 
continue their volunteering ways. Walt 
volunteers at the battleship Wisconsin in 
Norfolk, where, despite all the people he meets, 
he still hasn't had anyone from '55 come by, so if 
you are in VA, make that one of your stops. Jan 
tried, unsuccessfully, to retire from being youth 
minister at their church. She has now added to 
her responsibilities by becoming a diocesan 
representative to the Gay/ Lesbian Minorities 
Commission and works part time in a religious 
bookstore. Being grandparents to six also keeps 
them busy. • Feelings of sadness and loss have 
visited our classmates and their families again. 
Larry Brown's wife, Jean, died in March. They 
had been married for 48 years and had eight 
children. Larry is a pediatrician in Norwood. 
• Our classmate Henry Son died in May. An 
excellent athlete and member of the BC Hall of 
Fame, Henry worked as a computer consultant. 
He was very proud of his service in the U.S. 
Marine Corps during the Korean War and was 
an active member of the Marine Corps League 
of the Cape and the Islands, Detachment 955. 
He is survived by three daughters and two sons. 
I feel certain that, as you read this column, you 
will say a prayer for Henry and Jean and also for 
their families. • I'll close with a memory of 
an event in the hope that it will motivate you 
to send me a memory or two. Fifty years ago, 
on April 26, 1953, those of us in the 
undergraduate nursing program received our 
caps at a ceremony held in St. Ignatius Church. 
I recently learned that our cap was modeled after 
the crown worn by St. Elizabeth of Hungary, 
patroness of nurses. If you have memories to 
share, please send them either by snail mail to 
the address above or to my BC e-mail: Thanks. I also would like to ask 
those of you who are local to be alert to the date 
and time of the Veteran's Day liturgy to be held 
at BC. It is sponsored by the Alumni 
Association. I went last year and was one of the 
very few alumni present. It was a wonderful 
tribute to those who have served our country so 
proudly. Please join me this year. 

Jane Quigley Hone 

425 Nassau Ave. 

Manhasset, NY 11030 

NEWTON ,. 51 6-627-0973 

Steve Barry 

n Albamont Rd. 

Winchester, MA 01890 

Marie and I saw Margie Murphy and Mary Shea, 
Alice Shea's sister, at the spring Alumni Day of 
Reflection. At the Laetare Sunday Mass and 
brunch, we met Joyce and Dan McDevitt, Dan 
and Carolyn Kenney Foley, with Carolyn's sister 
Mary Lou and their friend Eunice Powers, Maire 
and Jim McLaughlin, and Carol Hines Gleason, 
whose son is in Kuwait. • We also saw Kathleen 
Donovan Goudie, Mary and Jerry Sullivan, 
Margie Murphy, Bea and Peter Colleary, Alice 
Shea and her sister Mary, Leo and Claire Hoban 
McCormack, and Carol Hines Gleason. • The 
Spring Fling on Cape Cod was great. Bea and 
Peter Colleary had arranged meals at three 
restaurants. We had dinner at Clancy's Tuesday 

night, lunch at Tugboats, and dinner at the 
Paddocks on Wednesday night. Tuesday night, 
we sat with Kathi and Leo Power and Jean and 
John Donnelly, who talked tennis and golf with 
Leo and Kathi. Leo's brother's boss was there 
with a group from work. Twelve classmates 
played golf Wednesday morning; Paul and Anne 
Carroll Bean took the prizes for being nearest 
the pin, and the foursome of Mert Thompson, 
John Donnelly, Leo Power, and Dick Toland 
scored best ball. Denise McCabe Thompson 
missed the golf but came for dinner. Dan and 
Carolyn, Bea and Peter, Mary and Jerry Sullivan, 
Claire Hoban McCormack, Betty Ann Casey, 
Ernestine Bolduc and Margie Murphy joined us 
on a harbor cruise. At lunch we sat with Mary 
Lou and Bob CafFrey, whose son is with an army 
civil affairs unit in Baghdad (no showers for 
weeks). At dinner we sat with Mary and Jerry 
Sullivan, Ernestine Bolduc, Betty Ann Casey, 
and Margie Murphy. Carolyn had gifts for 
committee members (a handsome BC pullover 
for me). Others attending included Ed Bullock, 
James and Diane Hemmer Cotter, Jan and 
Dick Day, George and Joan Carroll Donovan, 
Marilyn and Paul Keohane, Dan and Mary 
O'Regan Looney, Doris and John Mahaney, 
Janet Ohrenberger McCarthy, Peter Paglari, 
Frank and Nancy O'Hara Regan, Connie 
Regolino, Joe and Pauline McDonough Ryan, 
Mary and Tom Stouter, Don and Maryanne 
Tierney Woodward, and Alice Shea and two 
friends. • Marge Callahan is in a full-leg cast 
following a March skiing accident. • E-mails: 
Tom Sheehan is still writing — his third novel 
and fourth book of poetry are out. Jim Melloni 
is still at Hanscom AFB and recently returned 
from a test assignment in Korea (just before the 
SARS outbreak). Jim sees John McManus and 
Anthony Solomita regularly. He also said that 
Jim Hart still works in the Lexington school 
system and is active in the Minuteman 
Historical Society. • Lorraine Walsh told us that 
Mary Fraser Pizzelli's husband, David, a 
longtime member of the police force and court 
system, passed away recently in Hingham. Dick 
Sawyer's wife, Ann Marie, wrote that Dick died 
in March after a three-year battle with cancer. 
Please keep them and all classmates and 
families in your prayers. • Once again, thanks 
for all your efforts. 


Patricia Leary Dowling 

39 Woodside Drive 

Milton, MA 02186 


Francis E. Lynch 

27 Arbutus Lane 

West Dennis, MA 02670 

The class golf outing on June 9 at the Sand Burr 
Country Club in Wayland was a memorable 
event. The roster of players included 
Ed Coakley, Larry Chisholm, Joe Burke, 
Joe McMenimen, Bill McQueeney, Ed 
Brickley, Dave McAvoy, Tom Ahearn, MM, 
Frank Higgins, Bill Cunningham, Jim 
Devlin, George Hennessy, Steve Brady, Ed 
Murphy and Dick Dowling. • The team of 
Hennessy, Higgins and Chisholm won the low 
net at 61. They were unanimously accused of 
sandbagging their handicaps. The MVP player 
prizes on each team went to Larry Chisholm, 
Father Ahearn, Bill Cunningham and Joe Burke. 
Bill Cunningham's performance in acquiring 

quality gifts for each player and MVP awards, as 
usual, was above and beyond. Jim Devlin, 
the chair of this event, would like to build 
momentum around this event each year 
culminating into a major outing/dinner for our 
fiftieth jubilee. • Paul O'Leary's son, Paul J. 
O'Leary, Jr. (It. col.) commanded a 1,200-strong 
first marine division battalion in Kuwait. His 
battalion was among the first ones across the 
Iraqi border before war broke out. Paul and 
Kathy spent many anxious moments during his 
tour of duty over in Iraq. At this writing, Paul, 
Jr., is on his way back to the States via Australia 
to attend the Naval War College in Newport. 
• Dick Dowling and his wife, Peggy, are recently 
back from an enjoyable trip to London. Dick said 
he "lucked out" with some fine weather. • Bill 
McQueeney is the founder of Rural Water 
Ventures, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation that 
funds clean-water projects in rural Nicaragua. 
Their mission statement is to fund well-con- 
ceived and well-designed projects in order to 
provide rural villages in Nicaragua with access to 
adequate quantities of safe drinking water. Bill, 
you are indeed a holy person who has made your 
caring mission one to behold. Jim Devlin and 
his wife, Mary, are proud grandparents of four 
grandchildren. Their daughter Maryellen 
had a baby girl, Lauren, in early May. • The 
following classmates attended their golden 
jubilee from BC High on May 23, 2003: 
Jim Devlin, Frank Dirksmeier, Paul J. Donahue, 
Bill Donlan, Jim Doyle, Marty Dunn, 
Paul Duseau, Ed Fenton, George Hennessy, 
Robert C. Hilton, John T. Hurley, Jim F. X. 
Kelley, Chuck Lynch, Frank Lynch, Gilbert E. 
Mackinnon, Ted Maggalet, Rev. John E. 
McLaughlin, Joe McMenimen, Paul A. Messer, 
SJ, Leo Morrissey, Ed Murphy, Rev. Gene P. 
Sullivan, Jerome H. Supple, Bob Tiernan, John 
T. Conway, Norm Clairmont '58, Joseph E. 
Corcoran '59, Thomas J. Cunnall '60, Paul J. 
Kingston '58. The late Rev. Joseph R. Fahey's 
sister, Peggy Fahey Annett, also attended. 
The following day, Joe Corcoran '59 treated all of 
us to a day and half of great fun, food and 
entertainment at the Ocean Edge Resort in 
Brewster on the Cape. Ed Brickley, Ed Coakley, 
Bill Cunningham, Dave McAvoy and Vin Looney 
celebrated their Boston Latin School jubilee on 
May 10. • Gene Mahoney was chair of the BC 
Club of Cape Cod Golf Outing at King's Way 
Golf Club in Yarmouth Port on May 6. Joe 
Burke, Bill Cunningham, Dave McAvoy, 
Don Fox, George Hennessy and Vic Popeo 
all participated. • Again, our class annual fall 
football event is scheduled for September 27, 
2003. A general class mailing will be sent in late 
summer outlining the agenda of this always 
popular event. • Just a reminder that if you have 
not made a donation to the Joseph R. Fahey, SJ, 
Scholarship Fund, please do so if you can. 
Father Joe was a brilliant and very talented 
scholar. Let us remember his legacy. Donations 
should be directed to this worthwhile cause c/o 
BC Alumni Association, 825 Centre St., 
Newton, MA 02458-2527. • Condolences of the 
class are extended to the families of Gerald 
L. Cunningham and Vilma M. Coia. • Class dues 
for the 2003-04 academic year are 
now due in the amount of $25. Please remit to 
Bill Tobin at 181 Central Street, Holliston, 
MA 01746. Best to you all. 


Marjorie L. McLaughlin 

139 Parker Rd. 

Needharhj MA 02494 


Hello to all! It's been a while since I've 
submitted 1957 class notes, and I apologize. We 
have a wonderful class, and I would appreciate 
hearing your latest news, so please drop me a 9 

line. Joan Hanlon Curley, as of 2002, is a 
self-published author of five children's books. 
They've all been translated into Braille and are 
in a library in Madison, WI, where they are 
available internationally to blind children. Also, 
a set of these books has been donated to 
governor Jeb Bush's Family Literacy Initiative. 
Joan has been a guest speaker at two elementary 
schools that have purchased her books for their 
libraries. They are in many bookstores, 
including one in Bermuda. If you are interested 
in learning more about the books, you may 
contact Joan at 941-263-3109. Joan also writes 
that her husband, Neil, was selected Teacher of 
Distinction for the year 2003 in Collier County, 
FL, and that Joan's grand-niece is continuing the 
Sacred Heart tradition in prekindergarten at 
Grand Coteau in LA. • Those of us in the Boston 
area do our best to keep in touch. When other 
commitments allow us the time, Bob and I play 
golf with Connie Weldon LeMaitre and her 
husband, George. Cathy Connolly Beatty and I 
belong to the same book club, so we see each 
other often. Cathy still has a beautiful singing 
voice and performs regularly for private groups 
in the Boston area. Diane Russell McDonough 
and I have had an occasional lunch during the 
past few years. She is kept busy with her family 
and volunteer work. Carol McCurdy Regenauer 
(who is keeping her last name) is happily 
remarried to Dick Tranfaglia. Carol and Dick 
have bought a home in Brewster on Cape Cod 
and divide their time between there and their 
condo in Lexington. 

David A. Rafferty, Jr. 

2296 Ashton Oaks Lane 

No. lOl 

Stonebridge Country Club 

Naples FL, 34109 

We have a new novelist in our class, and he 
didn't even major in English or creative writing. 
Attorney Jim McCarthy, still actively practicing 
law in Boston, published his first novel, Fatal 
Flaws. It is the tale of a young, frustrated 
attorney going up against the "establishment," a 
pedigreed big firm attorney who went to the 
same Ivy League school as the trial judge, and 
the almighty HMO's to find justice for a 
thirteen-year-old girl dying of kidney disease. 
Fatal Flaws gives a riveting portrayal of 
ambitious physicians and a biased, out-of- 
control trial judge arrayed against an innocent 
thirteen-year-old slowly dying of kidney disease, 
seeking her day in court against overwhelming 
odds. According to Jim, this courtroom thriller 
should be on the bookshelves in the Fall of 
2003. • Continuing the dialogue on class 
novelists, Jim Murphy, professor of English at 
Massachusetts Maritime Academy and teacher 
of creative writing at BC, initiated the first 
student theatre company at MMA. MMA will 
fund this year a James F. Murphy Scholarship 
for an incoming cadet who will live a cadet's 
lifestyle but pursue theatre studies as well. In 
addition to teaching and his theatrical duties, 
tireless Jim continues to work on novels and 
write screenplays with his son Ted, another BC 
grad. Many thanks to Dottie Sollitto Hiltz for 
sending me the article about Jim in a local Cape 
Cod newspaper. • I recently had an informative 
conversation with Gerry Mitchell who brought 
me up-to-date on his activities. Gerry and his 
wife Pat ('57) spend their time between 
Westwood and Hyannis and, when not 
traveling, are entertaining their grandchildren. 

Gerry recently sold his business, Northeastern 
Envelope Co., to a major corporation. • Our 
forty-fifth reunion was a resounding success. It 
started out Friday night with BC Night at the 
Pops with Keith Lockhart conducing and then 
back to the campus for pops after Pops. On 
Saturday we attended the president's luncheon, 
toured the campus and capped it off with the '58 
dinner dance where everyone seemed to be 
exchanging conversation rather than dancing. 
In between the formal activities, we conducted 
our own activities in the '58 hospitality suite. 

• The School of Nursing was very well 
represented at our forty-fifth. There were fifteen 
in attendance for at least part of the weekend: 
Claudette Bachand, Carol (Brady) Vigliamo, 
Betty (Sweeney) Minassion, Janet (Corcoran) 
O'Neill, Kathleen (MacDonald) Miller, 
Barbara (Cuneo) O'Connell, Moira (Feeley) 
Lyons, Cecelia (Caniff) Doherty, Eileen 
(Teahan) Quigley, Mary (McMahon) O'Toole, 
Betty (Leary) Horrigan, Kathy (Whalen) 
Kenny, Joan (Ward) Hurley, Pat (McGuire) 
Taupier and Pat (Brine) O'Riordan. They all 
had a wonderful time catching up on forty-five 
years of work and families and the people 
who stayed in the dorms were up until all hours 
reminiscing. • It looks like the nurses beat out 
the teachers in the number of attendees at our 
forty-fifth. • Congratulations to Tom Feloney, 
son of Mary Leigh and John Feloney, who with 
his partner won the prestigious Wollaston Cup 
at the Wollaston Golf Club. • Congratulations 
also to Jane and Jack McDevitt on the birth of 
their first grandchild, Katherine Ann, daughter 
of Mark — a Holy Cross grad. Their other son 
Chris is getting married this summer. Received 
an interesting note from Ann and Bill McGurk. 
They are living the good life — in the summer on 
their farm in Prince Edward Island entertaining 
their two quarter horses and in the winter 
aboard their sailboat in the Bahamas. This 
summer, along with their three sons and wives 
and six grandchildren, they will celebrate the 
two-hundredth anniversary of the founding of 
their family farm on Prince Edward Island. 

• Frank Lydon reports that he and Mary sold 
their home in Spokane, WA and moved to 
tropical paradise Maalais Bay, Maui, HI. If any 
classmates are in the area, they are in the 
phonebooks and would love to give a grand tour 
and show off the beauty of their island retreat. 
Frank retired as the Manager of Industrial 
Relations of Columbia Lighting in Spokane. 

• Don't forget you class dues — send $25 to Jack 
"Mucca" McDevitt, 25 Cedar Rd., Medford, MA 
02155. Please keep the cards and letters coming. 


Sheila Hurley Canty 

P.O. Box 386 

North Falmouth, MA 02556 

Frank Martin 

6 Sawyer Road 

Wellesley Hills, MA 02481 

fjmo248i @ 


Thanks for your many e-mails and notes. 
I received a note and a Cape Cod Times article 
about the death of Leon Bennett on Martha's 
Vineyard. Leon attended BC on a football 
scholarship, was an Ail-American lineman 
drafted by the Redskins (he declined) and a 
30-year resident of the Vineyard. He and his 

brother Steve Bennett, another fine lineman, 
had a big impact on the success of the team. 
Leon leaves his wife, three sons and a daughter. 

• Barbara Zielinski wrote to tell us of the death 
of Henry Zielinski in Marblehead. Henry leaves 
two sons and Barbara, who sent a generous 
contribution to the class in his memory. 

• Another note from Naples, FL, was sent by 
Charlie McCullagh, who lives there at a country 
club, polishing his game. Charlie was recentiy in 
Ireland and Kosovo to visit his son Neil, who is 
there working for an Irish relief agency, helping 
to rebuild the country. • Charlie Battaglia seems 
to be in and out of retirement. He was pressed 
into service on the Bush transition team, 
successfully shepherding ten presidential 
appointees through the Senate confirmation 
process. Then he went back to the government 
after September 11 to head a commission 
involved in assessing the survivability of a 
government agency in the event of a major 
terrorist attack. • Davis Crowley, now an aging 
barrister, writes of his children, Brooke, Kiernan 
and Kendall, in medicine, law and teaching. 

• Alice Kaiko Burbank sent a full-length novel 
about her retirement in Old Lyme, CT, her 
children, and her husband of 42 years. She has 
managed to find Carl Hendrickson teaching at 
the International School in Central America. 
Alice wants to know where Rogette Abizaid is. 
The reunion is only a few months away. • Jack 
Wiseman, who I think is a closet Democrat, 
writes that he and Peggy have run into George 
Bush on the links in Kennebunkport. This 
needs to be verified, as I am not sure that Jack 
could get that close to a Republican. Jack and 
Peggy have taken up golf and will soon be 
competing on the senior tour. • Joe Murphy 
retired after 42 years in Boston Public Schools. 
Joe has lived almost 30 years in Scituate, where 
he raised four children, who have graduated 
from Marquette, Maine, Dartmouth and St. 
Anselm's. One of their girls is a three-time All 
New England soccer player. • John Rearden, in 
Old Lyme and Marco Island, and his wife, Carol, 
are retired to golfing, boating and travel; their 
daughter, Maura '86, is married, and sons 
Jim and John are having grandchildren and 
practicing law. • Get ready for the football 
season. We have a great home schedule this year. 
Keep sending your notes. See you in June 2004. 


Maryjane Mulvanity Casey 

28 Briarwood Drive 

Taunton, MA 02780 



Joseph R. Carty 

253 River St. 

Norwell, MA 02061 

Robert J. Muldoon has been selected as the 
recipient of the 200} Alumni Achievement Award 
for Law. The entire class of i960 is invited to join in 
honoring his achievements at the award ceremony 
and reception to be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, 
September 25, 2003, at Robsham Theater, Main 
Campus. For more information please visit or call 800-669-8430 
to reserve space at the event. — Editor 
With our class in the retirement mode, we hear 
from people who have time on their hands, 
which is welcome. • Rick McMenimen writes 
from Stroudsberg, PA, where he has been 



retired from the securities industry since 2001. 
The family gets together in Green Harbor each 
summer. Rick enjoys golf and being involved in 
the community association as an officer, and 
he welcomes you to the Poconos. The 
McMenimens have five children, and four of 
them live in NH. • Ed Quinn, who was captain 
of the track team, spent 29 years as a teacher, 
coach and administrator at Chelmsford High 
School. He was the principal at Lowell Catholic 
High until 2000 and is now the principal at 
Bishop Guertin in Nashua. He still lives in 
Chelmsford, where his six children were raised, 
and has seven grandchildren. • Jim Miller 
converses from Bisbee, AZ, which is so far 
south in border country that he can see Mexico 
from his front yard. Jim's wife, Lillian, passed 
away in September of 2001 (our condolences). 
He's a retired federal civil service employee with 
the title marine biologist. Jim has three 
daughters who graduated from Catholic 
schools in the Northeast. Good to hear from 
the three of you. • Joe Walker is now completely 
retired and spends all his free time in charitable, 
social justice and service work. Joe is involved in 
so many things for the Church and humanity 
they are too numerous to mention. He really 
seems to enjoy retirement and helping others. 
Get this — this is our forty-third year after gradu- 
ating from little (at that time) BC. How time has 
passed. BC today is a city to itself. Amazing and 
beautiful. • The annual Bill Hyland Memorial 
Golf Tournament will be held on Monday 
September 8, 2003 at the Atlantic Country Club 
in Plymouth, MA. If you have interest in 
participating, call Gary McGovern at A.G. 
Edwards in Hingham at 800-543-8010. 


Patricia McCarthy Dorsey 

53 Clarke Rd. 

Needham, MA 02492 

Sally O'Connell Healy wrote that she and 
her husband, Kevin, are residing in 
Newport/Middleton, RI, during the summer 
and are wintering in Punta Gorda, on Charlotte 
Harbor in FL. Punta Gorda is a golfing and 
boating community. They are enjoying their 
Boston Whaler for boating around the harbor or 
just out into the Gulf of Mexico. Sally has joined 
a book club there and plays bridge at the Y. She 
also continues to do her volunteer work in RI, 
which involves ministry of consolation, 
Eucharistic minister and Reach to Recovery. 
Both are retired, Kevin from his second career as 
a college professor and Sally from real estate. 

• Dot Radics McKeon and her husband, Bill, 
visited the Healys in November in FL, and they 
enjoyed catching up with each other. Sally sees 
Berenice Hackett Davis regularly in FL and in 
RI. They both attended the AASH luncheon in 
Naples, FL, together and met the RSCJs at their 
house in LaBelle, FL. They took a trip there to 
see the work the women do with migrant 
workers who work on sugar plantations and also 
with Habitat. Sally missed seeing Cathy 
Donahoe Smith, who lives in Destin, FL, when 
she visited Berenice in Naples this winter. In 
October, Sally and Kevin took a trip to Paris with 
old navy friends and traveled on a riverboat 
cruise through Provence, ending up on the 
Riviera. Thanks, Sally, for your newsy e-mail! 

• Carole Ward McNamara is a proud and 
grateful grandmother of eight grandsons! 
Her daughter, Cristin McNamara Geraci '92 
delivered John Thomas Geraci prematurely at 
1.5 pounds in November 2002. After several 
months in the hospital and many prayers and 

medical procedures, he came home March 21, 
weighing six pounds. As of this writing in June, 
Tommy is now n pounds and is doing very well. 
Miracles do happen! • In May, a group of us who 
went to high school and also Newton College 
together went to the Berkshires for a weekend. 
Betsy DeLone Balas, Carole Ward McNamara, 
Elaine Holland Early, Kathleen McDermott 
Kelsh and I enjoyed staying at the Red Lion 
Inn in Stockbridge. We all loved the 
Norman Rockwell Museum, the Edith Wharton 
House in Lenox, and just spending time 
together and appreciating the beauty of the area. 
We celebrated Kathleen's recent retirement 
from her legal work, as well as her birthday. The 
Kelshes are busy planning their daughter 
Maggie's July wedding. • I'd like to add a 
congratulations to MaryAnn Brennan Keyes 
'62 for her untiring commitment to the Voice of 
the Faithful. Mary Ann has been chosen as on of 
the 100 most influential women in Boston for 
her efforts in the Voice of the Faithful 
endeavor to "keep the faith, change the church." 
• My e-mail address is changing again, to Please e-mail me news 
about you and what's happening in your life 
today. Happy fall, everyone! 

Robert W. Sullivan, Jr. 

484 Pleasant St. 

Brockton, MA 02303 

John E. Joyce has been selected as the recipient of 
the 2003 William V. McKenney Award, the highest 
honor the Alumni Association bestows on its 
alumni. The entire class 0/1961 is invited to join in 
honoring his achievements at the award ceremony 
and reception to be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, 
September 25, 2003, at Robsham Theater, Main 
Campus. For more information please visit or call 800-669-8430 
to reserve space at the event. -Editor 
Dave Sullivan, professor of biology at Syracuse, 
has received the title of professor emeritus. 
Dave got an M.S. from BC in 1963 and a Ph.D. 
from Johns Hopkins in 1967. He began 
teaching at Syracuse in 1970, after three 
years at Caltech in Pasadena. He's done 
extensive and outstanding research work in the 
area of molecular genesis and is a 
member of several professional fraternities and 
societies. • Kathy and Bob Pereault have 
moved from their longtime RI home to 
Seekonk. • Phil Callan, his firm's senior trial 
partner, has been appointed Massachusetts 
state chair for the American College of Trial 
Lawyers. Phil graduated from BC Law in 1964. 
His appointment is considered a significant 
achievement since membership in the College 
is by invitation only and requires a minimum of 
15 years of trial experience. Phil and Doris make 
their home in Longmeadow. • The class's 
annual reunion Mass and dinner were another 
example of the devotion and capability of Peg 
Collins. We are indeed fortunate to have her as 
one of our own. The Mass was celebrated by 
Mike Duffy, OFM, and concelebrated by William 
Mclnnes, SJ. Father Mike traveled from 
Philadelphia for the occasion and returned that 
night after dinner. It seems to me that that says 
a lot about him and our class. • Father Mike was 
featured in the March issue of the Anthonian 
because of his work at the St. Francis Inn in 
Philadelphia. He was singled out for his 
contribution to the poor by the Philadelphia 
Interfaith Council on the Holocaust and 
received a $20,000 gift from Larry Mohr. If you 
want to read the article, you can access it on the 

Web at • Many of us were 
proud to read in the April 14, 2003, edition of 
US News el World Report an article on graduate 
schools in which BC continues to do well. This 
year's standings for schools surveyed by USN el 
WR where BC offers graduate degrees: 
business, #41; education, #23: law, #22. There 
were some fields where no survey was provided. 
• I'm in receipt of a note from Charlie White, 
who says he was at a speaking engagement 
at BC. Charlie says he hears from Hector 
Richard, who has had a terrific legal career 
in Puerto Rico. Charlie mentions stops in 
New Haven, Vietnam and Hanover, NH, 
before landing in Washington, DC, where 
he practiced law between government 
appointments and advisory relationships with 
foreign governments. He is currently professor 
of logistics at the U.S. Merchant Marine 
Academy at Kings Point, NY. Charlie pines to 
hear from class members, especially some of 
Ray Aheren's boys. He can be reached at • A copy of Jim 
Reagan's obituary was sent to me. Jim became a 
Trappist monk in Spencer and in CO, then 
worked as resident manager for the Hospice 
House in Barnstable. Please join his family in 
prayer for Jim and all our departed classmates 
and family members. We pray for them and 
ourselves in hopes of forgiveness, peace and 
eternal rest. • Lastly, I present to those who 
couldn't make the annual dinner a note from 
Red Lane. Since I couldn't begin to improve 
upon it, I'm quoting. "True story! Dahoneys, 
Brennans and Hannons went to Easter Mass 
in Apache Junction, a local town with a 
preponderance of senior citizens. St. George's 
being extremely crowded, our stalwarts had to 
sit in the handicapped section. Paul noticed and 
questioned the great many oxygen bottles 
among the older set. Dahoney, without missing 
a beat, explained it was because there are scuba 
classes right after Mass!" • Please help me 
continue the fun and gratification of writing this 
column by keeping me in touch with your 
comings and goings. Godspeed to all. 


Martha Clancy Rudman 

1819 Lakeside Drive 

Arlington, TX 76013 

Sadly, Nancy Simpson Porter succumbed to 
cancer March 19, after a valiant battle with 
melanoma. I received a note from Carol McGee 
Gardenier informing me of Nancy's death. It 
really caught me off guard as I had had a note 
from Nancy regarding her brain surgery set for 
March 10. Donations in memory of Nancy 
Simpson Porter may be made to Kenwood 
Convent of the Sacred Heart, 799 S. Pearl 
Street, Albany, NY 12202. • Patsy Keating gives 
us a reality check in her e-mail: "Can you believe 
we are old enough to be collecting Social 
Security checks?" But not Medicare yet, Patsy. 
Patsy went on to say (in early March) that the 
glacial fields were encroaching on her front 
yard. She does have a way with words! • Lucky 
Micky McQueeny Matthews visited Florence 
and Tuscany last November with her friend 
Linda. Then on to Rome, where Susie O'Leary 
Portieri gave Micky "... the best tour of Rome 
ever," including the Sisrine Chapel. Micky says 
Susie looks great, is an avid runner and is 
involved with a church run by the Jesuits. Susie 
wanted to be remembered to all her Newton 
friends. • Mary Walsh writes that she always 
considered herself liberal, but in Cambridge "I 
feel like I'm to the right." Should we be n 

concerned? • Had a nice note from Maryann 
Morrissey Curtin, who spent New Year's with 
Judy Thompson Collins and Dave in Woodstock, 
catching up. Maryann has four grandchildren 
and one on the way. Maryann spends much time 
with her dad, who's 91, as he is ailing. She is 
also involved in many civic activities in the 
Salem area. She closed with "Prayers for the 
world." Isn't that the truth? • On our return 
from Maine in January we visited Ellen 
MacDonald Carbone and Duane and sat by the 
fireplace having tea and Ellen's delicious 
shortbread cookies. Then in March, Ellen and 
Duane visited us at the Cape for some corned 
beef as it was near St. Pat's Day. Had a fun visit. 
Ellen and Duane were in the Dominican 
Republic in February for a dental convention 
(oh, sure!) and enjoyed it (the sun, fun and 
tennis). • Bob and I drove to Las Vegas in April 
to visit our daughter Michelle and her husband. 
On the return we stopped at the Grand Canyon 
(awesome), Santa Fe and Pecos Pueblo. 
Northern NM and AZ are beautiful. May found 
us in Nashville visiting daughter Mary and 
family; baby-sitting Harrison (20 months) while 
his mom and dad vacationed in the Dominican 
Republic (popular place this year). Carol 
Gardenier told me her daughter is in Eastern 
Europe (sorry I forgot the specific country) 
teaching English. She asked that we keep her 
daughter in our prayers (for her safety). The last 
I heard, the late Joyce Murray Hoffman's son 
Louis was in Afghanistan. Louis is involved in 
refuge resettlement and has spent time in 
Vietnam, Thailand, East Timor, etc. Needless to 
say, dad Louis gets anxious at times. 

Frank and Trish Faggiano 

33 Cleason Rd. 

Reading, MA 01867 

Congratulations to Diego Cisneros upon 
completion of his mystery novel, Antichrist 2000. 
Diego has retired after 40 years in the 
hording business in Venezuela. This is his 
second book. The first was a children's book 
written in Spanish. Diego's e-mail address is ve. • The spring issue of Boston 
College Magazine featured Laurel Eisenhaurer, 
and the significant contribution she has made to 
the Office of Planned Giving. Laurel joined the 
Boston College nursing faculty in 1970, received 
her PhD in 1977 and now serves as associate 
dean of Graduate Programs at CSON. • Jim 
Keenan, SJ, has been appointed to Boston 
College's Gasson Chair for the next two years. 
The Jesuit Community at BC founded the 
Gasson Chair. Father Jim will be teaching one 
course and presenting a major lecture each 
semester. This fall he will be teaching a graduate 
course on "20th-century Catholic Moral 
Theology." • We heard from John Koza, who 
now spends his time in San Francisco and 
Rhode Island so he can be near his children and 
grandchildren in New England. John owns a 
management-consulting firm that focuses on 
the real-estate industry and is headquartered in 
San Francisco. His Web site is 
• Jack McKinnon asked that we remind 
everyone that the monthly luncheon held at the 
Boston College Club on the first Friday of every 
month welcomes all of our classmates. Please 
call Jack's office at 617-428-8355 if you are 
interested in attending. 

Mary Ann Brennan Keyes 
94 Abbott Rd. 
Welles ley, MA 02481 

Matthew J. McDonnell 

121 Shore Ave. 

Quincy, MA 02169 


Lots of class news since the last report ... At 
the Laetare Sunday Mass at Saint Ignatius, 
followed by brunch at McElroy Commons, 
we dined and chatted with John Golden and 
his wife, Kay, Tom McCabe and his wife, Marge, 
and Ed O'Donoghue and his daughter Kerri 
O'Donaghue '95, who teaches special education 
in Lynnfield. Ed is retired from AT&T and living 
in Acton. • Ed Rae reports on a number of 
Westwood-BC '63 connections: Paul Hardiman 
served on the finance commission and is 
active in youth hockey. His son, Paul, played 
on the state-champ hockey team for 
Westwood the same year as Ed's daughter, 
Nancy, did for Westwood hoops. Ed was 
chairman of the finance commission, on the 
town's one-hundredth anniversary committee, 
president of the baseball program and involved 
in other youth activities (soccer, Softball, 
basketball, swimming). His son, Ed Rae, Jr., has 
been chairman of the Republican town 
committee. Joe Quinn followed Ed as president 
of youth baseball two years later. Joe was elected 
to three terms on the school committee. Joe 
was also on the one-hundredth anniversary 
board with Ed. Joe had the longest running 
barbecue in town, a July 4th event, until he 
moved to a condo in Walpole. Bob Uek was 
twice elected to the board of selectmen and 
is a popular town father. Bob's daughter and 
Ed's son graduated in the same year at 
Villanova. • Russ Dever has just moved to a 
new job — superintendent of schools at 
Mainland Regional High School in Linwood, 
NJ. His wife, Ellen, and he have a condo in 
Somers Point, NJ. Their daughter, Beth, is 
finishing graduate school (public policy at the 
University of Chicago) and their son, Brian, 
directs a youth center in Northfield, MN. Russ 
would love to hear from classmates. His 
e-mail address is • During a 
phone-a-thon to generate interest in our fortieth 
reunion class gift and gathering, I spoke to a 
number of our classmates: Frank Blessington 
lives in Woburn and continues his longtime 
career as a professor of English at Northeastern 
University. Ed Meffan lives in Bedford and 
owns and operates a firm specializing in cable 
TV, currendy doing contract work for Comcast. 
Ron McPhee is now a retired US Army officer, 
having served with distinction in Vietnam and 
then attended art school. He is currently the art 
director at H. P. Hood, living in Scituate. 
Dave Ahern obtained his M.B.A. at Babson and 
is currently a professional deep-sea diver, 
owning and operating a firm specializing in 
sea urchin harvesting in Mendocino, CA. 
Luke LaValle founded American Capital 
Management, Inc., a money-management 
firm located in Manhattan, 23 years ago. He 


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retired a lieutenant colonel from the army, hav- 
ing last served on the army staff in the 
Pentagon. His three sons are graduates of Notre 
Dame, West Point and Stamford. Charlie Cunis 
ran a CPA firm in Middleton, CT, which he sold 
to his partner, and he has now retired to Denver, 
CO. I am very sad to report the recent deaths of 
two classmates, Lacey O. P. Corbett in February, 
and John P. Ferrillo in March. Our class 
sympathies are extended to their loved ones. 
• Joe Fitzsimmons reports that he has 
completed golf instructor's school and is now 
practicing as a teaching golf pro (in addition to 
law). Ring him up for old times' sake, as well as 
for a few pointers on your golf game. • Jack 
Cunningham has retired after 35 years as a 
history teacher in the Boston Public Schools, 
most recentiy at Boston Latin. He keeps busy in 
tax season doing returns at Tom Feenan's 
Quincy office, and in the warmer weather enjoys 
tending his tomato plants at home in 
Squantum. • Our fortieth class reunion on May 
31 was a huge success. It was not only, at 190 
attending, the largest fortieth reunion in BC 
history, but our class pledged over $3.5 million, 
the largest fortieth reunion class gift ever at 
BC. The evening started with a memorial Mass 
in Bapst Library concelebrated by University 
President William P. Leahy, SJ, and other 
priests, including our classmate Father 
Vin Albano. Cocktails and a buffet dinner 
followed in Gassson Hall, featuring the 
refurbished treasurer's office, where we 
used to pay our tuition bills — a wonderful 
metamorphosis. The conversation was so 
animated that committee chair Tom McCabe 
had trouble gaveling the gathering to order for 
his remarks. Classmates were so pleased with 
his performance that on a motion made by 
committee vice chairman Paul Hardiman and 
seconded by many, Tom was unanimously 
voted our new class president. Congratulations, 
Tom! • Other reunion committee members 
included: John Golden, treasurer, Dianne 
Duffin, secretary, Gerry DeBiasi, Annette 
Dietel, Gene Durgin, Mike Hanna, Peter Jengo, 
Dave Knipper, Frank McDermott, Matt 
McDonnell, Jim McGahay, Doug McQuarrie, 
Tom Quirk and Ed Rae. The '63 gift 
committee, ably chaired by Gerry Healy 
and Sam Gerson, and assisted by Wayne Budd 
and Jack Connors, have each also well represented 
our class by serving on the board of trustees of 
the College. Other members of the gift 
committee were Dom Antonellis, Jack Callahan, 
Harry Crump, Paul Daley, John Golden, 
Bill Hogan, Tom Lawlor, Judy Kane Maloney, 
Tom McCabe, Jack McNamara, Ed O'Brien, 
Tom Quirk, Bob Reardon, Rob Reilly, Tom Ryan 
and Bob Uek. All are to be commended for a 
job well done! • Gerry Healy is a unique 
medical star in our class, serving as longtime 
chief of pediatric otolaryngology (ENT) at 
Children's Hospital in Boston, a very busy and 
dedicated doctor. • Wayne Budd is another 
star in our class, having held a number of 
high-profile positions in the Boston area and 
currently serving as a top executive with John 
Hancock. • Sam Gerson is the former CEO of 
Filene's Basement. He was unable to attend the 
reunion due to a worsening cancer condition 
but sent along his regrets, which were conveyed 
to the class at the gathering. Sam is a great guy, 
as recounted in Joe Fitzgerald's wonderful 
column in the Boston Herald on May 30, which 
I recommend strongly for your reading. 
Sam, I hope you'll be around to read 
this in the summer issue. "Godspeed" 
to a fellow classmate from Dorchester! 
Samuel /. Gerson, a devoted alumnus, Boston 
College trustee and proud member of the class of 
196}, died on July 12 of cancer. An appreciation of 
Sam will appear in the Fall issue. Please remember 
his wife Geri and daughters Dana, Michelle and Jill 
in your prayers. -Editor 



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2701 Treasure Lane 

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42 Doncaster St. 

Roslindale, MA 02131 





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125 Elizabeth Rd. 

New Rochelle, NY 10804 



Constance Donovan has been selected as the 
recipient of the 2003 Alumni Achievement Award 
for Health. The entire class of 1964 is invited to join 
in honoring her achievements at the award ceremony 
and reception to be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, 
September 25, 2003, at Robsham Theater, Main 
Campus. For more information please visit or call 800-669-8430 
to reserve space at the event. — Editor 
It's really true, next spring it will be forty years 
since we graduated! • Norb Nyhan held 
an organized meeting on June 23 for those 
members of our class who had demonstrated 
interest "in the social aspect of past reunions." 
The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for 
September 8 at Alumni House. Anyone 
interested is strongly encouraged to attend. 
Norb can be reached at 781-329-4100 days, 
781-329-1921 evenings or by e-mail at Bob Bent, Ellie Rupp 
Downey, Norb Nyhan, Alice Brennan, Linda 
Crescenzi, Tom Donaghey, Jane McQueeney, 
Bill O'Neil, Phil Sheppard, John Stadtler and I 
attended. Some events which were discussed 
included a reception after the West Virginia 
game. Tom Donaghey will chair this event. It's 
still tentative so watch your mail! • Another 
suggestion was a theater event to be co-chaired 
by Ellie and Jane. • The Saturday night event at 
Reunion Weekend will be co-chaired by Alice 
Brennan and Bill O'Neil. Other weekend events 
will be co-chaired by Linda, Bob Bent and 
Sandra Curtin, as well as Jim Beakey 
via Clearwater, FL. • Phil Sheppard will be 
making calls for Laetare Sunday, which is to be 
March 21. He would like to see a good 
representation from our class. Please mark you 
calendars. • Phil also came up with an idea for a 
midweek informal off campus get together just 
for alumni. John Stadtler volunteered to work 
on this with him. • Ellie mentioned a possible 
school of Education alumni event such as a 
brunch. If you are interested, please e-mail Ellie 
at or contact me at 
617-323-4652 or 508-775-7886. I will have 
updates in the next issue. • Bob Consalvo was 
lighting up another victory cigar, but this time it 
was for his son Rob who was elected to the 
Boston City Council. Congratulations! • On a 
sad note, I received an obituary from Jane 
(DeMarco) Moloney, wife of A. Michael 
Moloney. Mike died following complications 
from surgery. He had spent much of his career 
with Frasier Paper, Ltd. as senior vice president 
of sales and marketing. He was a member of 
the Shaw Society at BC. A scholarship fund in 
his name has been established; donations may 
be sent to the office of Development, More 
Hall, 140 Commonwealth Ave. Chestnut Hill, 
MA 02467 or call 888-752-6438. • More news 
in the Fall issue. 

I had a perfectly wonderful afternoon recently at 
a luncheon hosted by Carol Sinnott Ulmer. 
Carol decided to get a group of us together 
because Rosemarie Van Eyck Winslow was in 
town from Chicago. Rosemarie and I were 
French majors together, and so it was really fun 
to reconnect after all these years. Kathy Wilson 
Conroy, Morna Ford Sheehy and Joan 
Nicolaysen Taubner completed the group. It's 
always fun to get together at one of these 
mini-reunion events, but this one had an added 
attraction: Joan brought photos from "life at 
Newton, 1961-62," and they were hilarious 
(were we really that young?). Featured players 
(and I'm only going to use maiden names here) 
included, in no particular order, Ann Williams, 
Louise Majewski, Kathi McCarty, Joanne 
Manning, Judy Ernst, Mary McKeon, Brenda 
Condry, Sheila Lynch, Margo Butler, Joan, 
Rosemarie and me. I have one suggestion, and 
it's for Kathi McCarty: ask Joan for a copy of the 
black & white shot, from March 1962, of you 
under the (antiquated) hairdryer! Now, for those 
of you who were just mentioned here for the 
first time, why not drop me an update on your 
doings. • Speaking of updates, Ruthann Kilroy 
Rossiter checked in with the news that she 
retired in February from federal service after 
more than 25 years. She says she "worked in the 
budget area of our naval hospital in Bremerton. 
Now I am enjoying gardening, aerobics classes 
and lots more reading. My husband, Bill, gave 
me a rag doll kitten just a few months ago and 
'Lewis' and I are getting pretty tight! In April, I 
am scheduled for orientation and training with 
our community literacy council. I hope to be 
placed with a nonreading adult, establish some 
goals together and get underway in reaching 
them." • Alice O'Connor Josephs filled me in on 
her serendipitous rediscovery of author and 
illustrator Tomie de Paola. She was visiting her 
daughter, Katie, in New Hampshire, and she 
saw an ad in the local weekly paper. Tomie was 
having a yard sale in New London, NH, where 
he lives and has his studio. As Alice describes it, 
"amid old coffee makers and fax machines, we 
saw him and he looks the same except, like all of 
us, he's whiter and a bit rounder. We had a great 
chat about Newton, he asked about many of our 
classmates and invited me to come back and see 
his studio at a less busy time. He wanted to be 
remembered to everyone and can be contacted 
through the Morgan Hill Bookstore on Main 
Street in New London." I close this time on a 
very sad note. Michael Tortora, the 35-year-old 
son of Judy Ernst Tortora and her husband, Pete, 
died on May 25 of brain cancer. He leaves a wife 
and two small children. For those of you who are 
interested, a trust has been established for the 
children, as follows: Tortora Childrens' Trust, 
c/o Ridgefield Bank, 150 Danbury Rd., 
Ridgefield, CT 06870. 

Patricia McNulty Harte 

6 Everett Ave. 

Winchester, MA 01890 


Victor F. Ciardello has been selected as the 
recipient of the 200} Alumni Achievement 
Award for Public Service. The entire class of 
1965 is invited to join in honoring his achievements 
at the award ceremony and reception to be held 

at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 25, 2003, 
at Robsham Theater, Main Campus. For more 
information please visit 
or call 800-669-8430 to reserve space at the 
event. — Editor 

Dave Falwell is living in South Natick and is with 
Middlesex Bank. His daughter is living in 
Seattle, and his son recently graduated from 
Ithaca. • Jim Mahoney and Sarah Ann's 
daughter, Sarah, was married in June to David 
Morris at the Mahoneys' beautiful new vacation 
home in Ellisville. • Jim Gormley was recently 
inducted into the Massachusetts State High 
School Hockey Coaches Hall of Fame. Jim 
began his hockey-coaching career while still at 
BC as an assistant at Norwood High School. Jim 
was named head coach at Stoughton High 
School in 1970, retired briefly to raise his 
family and continue graduate study but 
returned in 1979 to his alma mater, BC High, to 
coach for five years. In 1984 he returned to 
Norwood High, and for ten years he has assisted 
with the State Hockey Tournament as a site 
supervisor. We congratulate him on this most 
recent honor. • Congratulations to Andrew 
Cernota, son of Albert and Roberta DeGrinney 
Cernota, who was sworn in as a member of the 
New Hampshire Bar. Andy is practicing law in 
Nashua. We do need information for this 
column, so please take a minute to e-mail 
me news. 


Linda Mason Crimmins 

R.R. l, Box 1396 

Stroudsburg, PA 18360 

Peggy Conley Villela and Ruy ('61) announce the 
arrival of their fifth grandchild, Macy Margaret, 
on March 7. Parents John and Jennifer demons 
Villela, (both '94) have another daughter, Rose, 
2 1/2. All of them will be cheering for the 
Eagles at home games this fall. Peggy and Ruy 
are enjoying retirement in Placida, FL, playing 
golf, bridge, and doing some boating in local 
waters. • Gay Friedmann and Betsy Warren were 
having dinner one night in May with Betsy's 
husband at a nice restaurant in Georgetown. 
Betsy has been chairman of the DC Republican 
party for the last few years. A fellow Republican 
was also at the restaurant and stopped and said 
hello and introduced Betsy and Gay to his 
dinner guest. Who did they meet but Marie 
Constance Gonzalez, who lives in Makati City in 
the Phillippines. So what, you say? Well, Marie 
is Newton class of '72! Who says that Newton 
girls don't get around! As chairman of the DC 
Republicans, Betsy was proud to recentiy open 
the first DC Republican downtown storefront 
office. Betsy oversaw the project, and everyone is 
thrilled with it. • Marilyn Manelli Frank and 
husband Bill's younger son is serving in the 
marines and is currently stationed in Iraq. Our 
prayers and good wishes go out to them and to 
other Newton alumni who have family serving 
in our armed forces. • Judy Violick and husband 
Larry are justifiably proud of their son Justin, 
who graduated cum laude from Colby College in 
Waterville, ME, with a degree in economics in 
May. Justin will be working for Arnold and 
Porter in Washington, DC, next year. • I can 
report that retirement is a wonderful gift we can 
give ourselves. My business, Eagle Ridge 
Services (named both for the BC Eagles and the 
eagles that are returning to nest here in the 
Poconos), provides me with the opportunity to 
work as a consultant in math education and to 
write federal grants for some local public 13 

schools, while at the same time having the 
flexibility to travel whenever I want. I have also 
been the caretaker for the two dogs belonging to 
my son Mike, '90, for the last year, and they 
have provided much fodder for a possible future 
book. They have consumed such things as grass 
seed, paint and soap and have taught my 
previously wonderful dog many new 
mischievous tricks. • Now that you are finished 
reading the current news, please send me your 
news and/or your e-mail address right now! 
Before submitting a column, I try to contact all 
who have sent me their address to remind them 
that news is due. You wouldn't have read this far 
if you weren't interested in what your 
classmates are doing. There are others who 
want to hear about you! Thanks to all who sent 
news for this column. Until the next time, be 
well and happy. 

Class Notes Editor 

Boston College Alumni House 

825 Centre St. 

Newton, MA 02458 

class notes (a) 

John J. Michalczyk has been selected as the 
recipient of the 2003 Alumni Achievement 
Award for Arts and Humanities. The entire 
class of ig66 is invited to join in honoring 
his achievements at the award ceremony and 
reception to be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, 
September 25, 2003, at Robsham Theater, Main 
Campus. For more information please visit or call 800-669-8430 
to reserve space at the event. — Editor 
Jim Coogan, currently residing in Cape Cod as a 
newspaper journalist with his own column, 
recently co-authored Clarence, The Cranberry 
Who Couldn't Bounce. Growing up, Jim's father 
would create stories on their walks together. 
When Coogan became a father he continued 
the story-telling tradition, and from that 
emerged an imaginative and entertaining 
children's book. • Congratulations to Dr. Janic 
Barrett for receiving a 2003-2004 Fulbright 
Scholar lecturing/research award from the 
Council for International Exchange of Scholars. 
During the 2003-04 academic year, Barrett will 
conduct advanced research and teach in the 
communications program at Dublin City 
University. She will be consulting with DCU 
colleagues on curriculum development for a 
new graduate program. Barrett is also a co-chair 
for the Institute on the Media and American 
Democracy at Harvard University and a 
member of the Board of Judges for the JFK 
Library's annual "Profiles in Courage" essay 
contest. • Congratulations to Gerard T. 
Kennealey upon receiving a graduate degree in 
History from the University of Delaware. 

Catherine Beyer Hurst 
49 Lincoln St. 
Cambridge, MA 02141 

Charles and Mary-Anne Benedict 

84 Rockland Place 

Newton Upper Falls, MA 02464 

It is with great joy that we write about the 
ordination to the priesthood of Nick Sannella 
on May 24 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. 
Father Sannella is a former vascular surgeon, 
having earned his MD from Tufts Medical 

School and his JD from Suffolk University Law 
School. He was ordained by the apostolic 
administrator of the Archdiocese of Boston, the 
most reverend Richard Lennon. Father Sannella 
has spent the last three years at Blessed John 
XXIII Seminary in Weston preparing for this 
major life change. Father Sannella said his Mass 
of Thanksgiving at Trinity Chapel on the 
Newton campus. He was principal celebrant, 
Father Leahy was a concelebrant and Father 
Monan was the homilist. A reception followed 
in the Heights Room on the Chestnut Hill 
campus. Father Sannella has been assigned to 
Most Blessed Sacrament parish in Wakefield by 
the archdiocese of Boston. Your correspondents 
were privileged to be invited to both the 
ordination and the Mass of Thanksgiving. The 
class is very proud to have another classmate as 
a priest. • John St. George was popping his 
uniform buttons with pride at the 
commissioning of his son Tom ('03) who 
completed his ROTC training. Tom was 
commissioned a second lieutenant in the army 
by his cousin, a lieutenant, junior grade, who 
graduated from the Naval Academy in 2000. 
It was a beautiful, sunny day on the Bapst lawn. 
Tom has been assigned to army aviation. 
• Tom Walsh writes that his son Brian and 
Brian's wife, Sylvia, have given them a 
grandson, Aidan Brian Walsh, born on May 31 in 
Nashua, NH. Tom and Madeline are living in 
CT • Congratulations to Cindy Rae Butters for 
earning her doctorate, an Ed.D. from UMass, 
Boston. Cindy has worked long and hard for 
her doctorate while working full time. Her 
husband, Al Butters, is retiring from the 
Boston School Department after thirty-six years. 
They have decided on a Bermuda cruise and a 
two-week vacation in Hawaii to celebrate. 
Sounds good to me! Again, congratulations and 
best wishes to you both. Congratulations to 
all classmates who are attending graduations 
at this time of year. • To Marty Ridge, our 
congrats for a job well done as you complete 
your two-year term on the alumni board of 
directors. • Write or e-mail about what is 
happening in your life that you won't mind 
seeing in print! 

M. Adrienne Tarr Free 

3627 Great Laurel Lane 

Fairfax, VA 22033 



Not much news to pass on this time around. 
The DC-MD-VA-area Alumnae Tea took place as 
planned in early April. Everyone enjoyed the 
book discussion led by Sister White and the 
time to socialize afterward. I especially was 
pleased to see Nancy Birdsall, Jane. Hannaway, 
Rosemary Daly Marcuss, Sandy McGrath Huke 
and Suzette Ellsworth Baird. We had a grand 
time figuring out how our lives have 
criss-crossed over the years. This is the tenth 
year for this event, and I have coordinated them 
all, but this was my swan song. I look forward 
to being more of an attendee in the future. 
• We do seem to have one classmate who is 
frequently in the media. In mid-May Nancy 
Birdsall once again had her picture in the 
Washington Post. The accompanying interview 
showed how successfully Nancy's life has com- 
bined family and increasing responsibilities as 
an economist in search of a global contract to 
reduce poverty. She was described as "an 
independent thinker ... attuned to the needs 

of the world." Congratulations, Nancy! 
• Kudos must also be sent out to Paula Lyons. 
In late April, Paula served as guest narrator 
for a BC Concert Band performance of Music 
of the British Isles. It was part of the 
fifth annual BC Arts Festival. Paula remains 
an award-winning consumer editor on Boston 
TV and hosts "Lyons on the Lookout", a 
program covering consumer issues in 
New England. • Also, for those of you on 
the Cape — Cape Cod for us non-New 
Englanders — Deborah Carr wrote an article for 
Cape Home and Garden. She had all sort of 
suggestions for homeowners preparing to 
renovate their kitchens or baths. Even though I 
do not live in the area and will have to find my 
own contractors, the information gave me more 
to think about as I prepare for some similar 
changes in my own house. • Once again I want 
to encourage everyone else in the class to send 
on news about what you are doing. Not all of 
us live in the United States either; what is 
happening to those of you in more distant areas? 
If you don't have news about yourself, what 
have you heard from your classmates? The class 
prayer network is still in operation. Please let 
me know if you have an intention to pray for or 
just want to be on the contact list. I can be 
reached in any of the ways fisted at the top 
of the column. Meanwhile, may you all have a 
glorious Fall! 

Judith Anderson Day 

The Brentwood 323 

11500 San Vicente Blvd. 

Los Angeles, CA 90049 

Kathleen Hastings Miller 
8 Brookline Rd. 


Scarsdale, NY 10583 

A special "thank you" to Jane Sullivan Burke, 
our official reunion scribe, for submitting 
the following report: Our thirty-fifth reunion, 
from Wednesday dinner in Newport to Sunday 
brunch in Newton, was a resounding success. 
Many thanks to Jean Sullivan, Betty Barry 
Sweet and Kathy Hogan Mullaney for all their 
efforts in making Newport such a wonderful 
experience, especially Jean who could not even 
attend because she had a business commitment 
in NYC. The crew from BC did their usual 
fine job in hosting the campus events. On a 
beautiful sunny day in RI we lunched in a 
restaurant located on the harbor, were treated to 
a late afternoon sailing excursion and dined in 
elegance at the Castle Hill Inn where Jean 
works. Friday morning Betty and her mother 
hosted a delicious brunch. • At Thursday's 
lunch Betty Downes suggested that everyone at 
the table, eighteen in total, say something about 
themselves and about someone not in 
attendance. Here's what was reported: Judy 
Vetter continues to reside in Dallas, designing 
and making beautiful quilts. She had just 
returned from horseback riding in Montana and 
promises to get her own e-mail address soon. 
Judy reported that Jane Hanify Pitt is retiring 
from her law practice and moving full time to 
NH to the home in which she vacationed in her 
youth. In early May, Marcy McPhee Kenah 
became a grandmother for the first time. 
Marcy works part-time for an architect. She, 
Betty Downes, and Marge Gaynor Palmer visited 
Julia Lopez in San Francisco earlier in the 
Spring. Both Marge and Julia are doing well. 
Pat Wolf continues to live in Shrewsbury and, 



already a paralegal, is considering law school. 
Pat reported that Ann Barbaccia Pollack is the 
proud grandmother of twins and continues her 
OB/GYN practice on Long Island. Sheila 
Maclntyre has two boys, one seventeen and a life 
guard in Falmouth this summer and the other 
studying genetics at Johns Hopkins. Mac 
teaches yoga and works part time as a nurse. 
She reported that Pat Brock lives in Montreal 
where she is an editor of high school textbooks. 
Joanne Carr is happily retired (and happily 
married) after 26 years as a Federal Court 
Probation Officer. Barry Noone Remley 
continues to run her own very successful 
interior design firm and just bought a house in 
Silver Springs, MD. She is in touch with Polly 
Kayser Hober, also a grandmother of two, who 
could not attend because of family 
commitments. Ellen Mooney Mello spoke of the 
foundation in her son Chris' name and of all the 
other remembrances of Chris at Princeton 
University, Rye HS, and the Rye YMCA. Ellen 
has a new winter home in Vero Beach, FL, 
should anyone be in the neighborhood. 
College roommates Kathy Hogan Mullaney and 
Martha Harrington Kennedy both sold their 
homes and moved to condos. Kathy's son, Brian, 
was married last year and Martha is the grand- 
mother of three girls. Betty Dowries and Sue 
Sturtevant both continue to reside in NM. 
Betty is a private consultant in organizational 
development and recently returned from a trip 
to South Africa where she had an opportunity to 
meet with Nelson Mandela. Sue has a new 
position as Director of State Cultural Affairs, 
after working many years in the museum field. 
Jamie Coy Wallace lives in NYC, works as a 
free-lance film editor, and has two grown boys. 
She reported that Sandy Mosta Spies recently 
moved from Princeton, NJ to Providence, RI 
and works for Fleet Bank. Mary Ethel Harvey 
Stack has moved from NJ to SC close to her two 
daughters. Carolyn Brady O'Leary is also in the 
midst of downsizing, making her home on the 
Cape her central residence. She continues to 
work part-time in the Medfield Library. 
Barbara Farrell McTiernan remains the Head of 
Development for Prospect Park in Brooklyn. 
Mary Fran DiPetro Murphy has also downsized 
and has a married daughter living in San Diego 
and a son who just graduated from Fairfield 
University. She is Director of Marketing for a 
giftware company. Jeanie Sullivan McKeigue 
has two sons in business, two daughters who are 
teachers, and looks forward to two weddings in 
the next four months. She is also a very proud 
grandmother. Tricia Marshall Gay became the 
grandmother of three this year. Retiring, 
grandparenting, and relocating seemed to be the 
themes for the day! • Just think ... all this infor- 
mation came from one lunch. Stay tuned for 
reports from the Boston parties. Kathy Hogan 
Mullaney has volunteered to head the commit- 
tee to celebrate our next significant birthday! 
You won't want to miss that news, so make sure 
that I have your correct e-mail address. 

James R. Littleton 

39 Dale St. 

Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 


for a company. Jim has qualified for the US 
Senior Golf Championship, sponsored by 
the USGA. Last fall Jim recorded his fifth 
hole-in-one. • Carol Joyce is continuing her 
psychotherapy practice in New York City, using 
myth and song as part of the treatment. 
She performed in Cabaret with musical director 
Dick Gallagher in a tribute to 9/11 firefighters. 
She also did a Celtic myth and songfest at 
the Vocal Arts Studio in NYC. • Jim Ciullo had 
his first novel, A Tango in Tuscany, published in 
2002 by PublishAmerica. It is a suspense 
thriller with some human-rights themes. 
• Sympathy to Barry Gallup whose son Darren 
was killed in an automobile accident in 
February. Darren was a star athlete at Belmont 
Hill and had been accepted at Harvard 

Mary Cabel Costello 

4507 Swan Lake Drive 

Copley, OH 44321 



John King and wife Marilyn have relocated to 
Portland, OR, after 21 years in Teaneck, NJ. John 
welcomes any classmate passing through the 
Portland area to stop by and visit. The Kings' 
daughter Becky graduated from BC in 
May 2002. • Jim Malone is living in New 
Canaan, CT, where he is general counsel 


I hit the jackpot this time! My 20 solicited letters 
brought lots of news from all of you. 
Unbelievably, some news will have to follow in 
the next issue because I have a word limit. First, 
condolences are offered to Brigid Shanley Lamb 
on the death of her sister, Maureen, who died 
after fighting several kinds of cancer, and also on 
the shocking death of her brother three weeks 
after that, apparently of an aneurysm. Our 
prayers are with you. Continue to pray for her 
family as her younger brother, Brendan, is now 
struggling with prostate cancer. On a 
happier note, Brigid writes that she and her 
husband, Jim, continue to live in the great state 
of NJ, but they vacation at their beach house in 
eastern Long Island. While she no longer 
practices law, her husband still happily does. 
Brigid is quite active, both playing golf and 
working on the administrative side of it. (Can 
you beat my daughter's 5.5 handicap?) They have 
raised three little darlings. Seamus, born in 
1978, lives and works in Miami. He graduated 
from Rollins. Sean, born in 1979, graduated 
from Franklin and Marshall College and is 
looking for a job in the financial sector in NY. 
(That's where my son would like to be, too. 
Anybody able to help?) Abigail, born in 1982, is 
on a semester abroad from Middlebury; she is in 
the Czech Republic. She played on the national 
championship ice-hockey team as a freshman 
and plays varsity field hockey for Middlebury. 
Brigid is looking forward to 2004, when the 
college tuitions will end. Thanks for the e-mail, 
Brigid. • Congratulations are in order for Susan 
Power Gallagher and Sarah Ford Baine. Both 
won their elections to the Boston College 
Alumni Board. Keep our voices heard. • Kudos 
to Lyn Peterson. She's signed a contract for her 
second book, "Lyn Peterson's Real Life 
Renovations." In addition, she is designing a 
furniture line under the Motif Designs brand 
that is expected to launch this fall. So, go on the 
hunt for these products, Newton girls! Lyn states 
that all her successes and the hurdles and 
challenges she constantly confronts pale next to 
the hole in her life left with the waning of 
full-time motherhood. (I'm right there with you 
on that one!) Her daughter Anne, 26, works in 
finance, and Kristina, 22, graduated summa 
cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Georgetown in 
June 2002. Erik, 19, is a sophomore at Syracuse, 
and still at home is Lyn's 14-year-old. Lyn contin- 
ues to enjoy life with her husband, Karl, whom 
she says is still "hot!" We want to check him out 
at the reunion next year! Thanks for the e-mail, 
Lyn. • Pat Sullivan Shapiro writes from 
Arlington. She lives there with her 

husband, Mark, and two children. Her daughter, 
Pam, 18, recently graduated from Arlington 
Catholic and is deciding between Brandeis and 
UMass for college. Pat delights in the plumbing 
skills of her son, Matt, 20. Four years ago, Pat 
switched from teaching and is now a bilingual 
school psychologist for the Boston Public 
Schools. Good to hear from you, Pat! • Another 
Pat answered my call, too. That's our former 
correspondent, Pat Kenney Seremet. Have you 
seen her lately? The Hartford Courant featured 
our very own advanced-aged, collagen-free, 
nonbeauteous Pat on a billboard along I-84. She 
hopes too many accidents weren't caused 
viewing her face. I hope you are still in print 
when I return along I-84 to take my daughter 
back to Holy Cross. Pat continues to write her 
"JAVA" column, gossiping about others. Just 
recently, she covered a Broadway opening in 
NYC and talked with Walter Cronkite, Ellen 
Burstyn and Dina Merrill, but Monica 
Lewinsky would not give her the time of day. We 
know who missed out there! Thanks, Pat, for the 
postcard.* Alicia Silva Ritchie writes from 
Washington, DC. She currently works at the 
Inter-American Development Bank, which 
lends to all countries in Latin America and the 
Caribbean. Ever since leaving Newton and 
attending Johns Hopkins, Alicia has passionately 
worked on economic development issues in this 
hemisphere. In her current position at the bank, 
Alicia is chief of the social-programs division, 
serving the southernmost countries of Latin 
America. She lends resources for programs in 
health education, social protection and low- 
income housing. Family-wise, Alicia has been 
married for 31 years to Daniel Ritchie, now 
retired from the World Bank. He continues to 
consult almost full time. Their older daughter, 
Cristina, 29, is a public-service lawyer who 
works at the National Women's Law Center in 
DC, and their younger daughter, Elina, 26, is a 
partner in a small film-production business in 
NYC who is headed for business school this fall. 
Alicia hears from several classmates, but not fre- 
quently enough. You know who you are ... Kathy, 
Jessica, Kathie, Marge and Laurie! Let's hear 
from you. • Noreen Weaver Shawcross couldn't 
ignore my personal solicitation and sends her 
first ever "newsnote." She is executive director 
of the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless. 
After many years as a child-welfare social work- 
er, she decided that building stronger communi- 
ties with decent affordable housing was the way 
to alleviate many of our social problems. She is 
the lobbyist for housing and homeless issues at 
the State House. The coalition just released 
Rhode Island's plan to end homelessness. On a 
personal note, Noreen has been married to Ray, 
a family court judge, for 34 years. They have 
three wonderful daughters and a 10-month-old 
grandchild, Meredith Grace. I'm glad someone 
is contributing to making this world a better 
place. • Gosh, I wish I could write more this 
time, but my limit is up. Stay tuned, there's 
more to come in the next issue. 

BC Football 

2003 Road Schedule 

S eptember 6 Penn State 

September 13 UConn 

October 11 Temple 

October 18 Syracuse 

November 15 Rutgers 

November 22 Virginia Tech 

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75 Main St. 

Old Saybrook, CT 06475 

Fran Dubrowski 

3215 Klingle Rd., N.W. 

Washington, DC 20008 

Thanks to the Boston College Alumni 
Association, Newton alums residing near 
Washington, DC, recently gathered for an 
annual reunion, tea and book discussion hosted 
by the association with Sister Elizabeth White, 
RSCJ, as special guest. Having heard rave 
reviews from Boston friends who participate in 
Sister White's Newton College Book Club, I was 
grateful we DC alums also had an opportunity to 
share the sister's discerning analysis. Sister 
White led an insightful discussion of Ann 
Patchett's Bel Canto, which she described as 
"a good yarn." True to form, Sister revealed lay- 
ers to the novel that participants agreed to hav- 
ing missed in their own reading — or even in 
their book club discussions of the same work. 
I remain jealous of Boston alums who have the 
luxury of doing this on a regular basis. • The 
reunion enabled me to touch base with Sue 
Turner. A self-described "city person," Sue is 
thrilled to have resettled in the DC area and 
hopes to remain there for the foreseeable future, 
having moved 17 times since college. Her 
offspring, however, have succumbed to 
wanderlust. Maggie, her eldest, holds an 
executive job in San Francisco; Rob and Michael 
reside in Manhattan, where Rob is a newlywed 
accountant and Michael manages and edits a 
Web site for Kaplan. Sue works in McLean, VA; 
she was pleasandy surprised to look up from her 
desk one day to see Barbara Cook Fabiani 
inquiring about a potential purchase. Sue 
graciously took time to fill me in on news from 
several classmates. Jean Whalen Carosi resides 
in Newburyport, where she teaches middle 
school social studies and is an avid golfer. 
(In fact, Nancy Hanafin is her frequent golfing 
partner.) Jean has two sons: Derek, who works 
in advertising in Denver, CO, and Brendan, a 
recent Boston University graduate who hopes to 
teach English overseas. • Mary Jane Sayour 
Gosen resides in Westfield, NJ, and works for a 
large pharmaceutical company. She has two 
married daughters and three granddaughters of 
whom she is quite proud. She keeps in touch 
with Betsy Langer Kapp, a vice president with 
Bank One Ohio Trust in Cleveland, who 
attended the wedding of Mary Jane's daughter. 
• Margaret Collins Burns resides in Wellesley, 
teaches art in Weston and has two daughters: 
Deirdre, a student at the University of Vermont, 
and Madeline, a recent graduate of the same 
university. • Also representing our class at the 
DC gathering was Mary Downs, associate 
general counsel at Fannie Mae. Both of her 
daughters are dedicated ballerinas, though Mary 
reports her own dance career ended at a very 
young age. Mary's eldest, Sarah, graduated this 
spring from the University of Pennsylvania with 
a joint degree in philosophy, political science 
and economics. Daughter Julia is a junior at the 
National Cathedral School in Washington, DC, 
interested in pursuing dance in college. Mary's 
son attends elementary school in Rockville, MD. 
Mary keeps in touch with Chicky Villano, 
a Superior Court judge in Tom's River, 
NJ; Chicky's caseload primarily involves 
juvenile justice cases. • Please keep your 
news coming. Happy fall! 





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Christmas Chorale 

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9:30 A.M. 

Jamaica Volunteer Trip 


Laetare Sunday 


St. Ignatius 
and McElroy 

Robert F. Maguire 

46 Plain Rd. 

Wayland, MA 01778 

At a time when strenuous is defined, by many of 
us, as managing the controls of a La-Z-Boy, 
Marianne Cavicchi Drusano is testing for her 
sandan, the third-degree karate black belt! 
Marianne reports that the dojo is her fountain of 
youth. She also reports that her husband, 
George Drusano, is now the codirector of the 
Ordway Research Institute in Albany, NY. Their 
three sons, Chip, Michael and Stephen, are 
doing well. Michael is following his father's 
footsteps at University of Maryland Medical 
School, and Stephen is a senior at Ithaca. 

• How's this for delivering the news? Chris 
Vogel Vierra ('90) reports that on February 18, 
2003, she and Hunter Hammill were having a 
discussion in the delivery room and discovered 
they both were BC grads. It turns out that Chris 
was the first BC alum he delivered, and it was a 
potential double Eagle event as Matthew and 
Maggie were born two minutes apart. Hunter is 
a leading OB/GYN in Houston, TX. • Thomas J. 
Lynch, Jr., and his wife, Lois, celebrated the 
wedding of their daughter Colleen ('97) to 
Michael Pritoni. The wedding was at St. 
Ignatius, and the reception, with several BC 
alums, was held at the Boston Harbor Hotel. 

• Michael R. Franco has been appointed vice 
president for college advancement at St. John's 
College in Santa Fe, NM. The Fall River native 
began his professional career as a newspaper 
journalist. He soon became involved in higher 
education, including assignments as Boston 
College director of communications and 
executive director of development. He also has 
held vice presidencies at the University of 
Rochester, Rhode Island School of Design and 
Roger Williams College. Michael and his wife, 
Susan, now reside in Santa Fe. • Lawrence 
Kenney is pleased to report that his daughter 
Ashley is entering her sophomore year at BC. 
His younger daughter, Lindsay, also has her eyes 
on BC. Larry and Nancy live in Maple Glen, PA, 

and summer in Avalon, NJ, enjoying the Jersey 
shore and sailing. During junior year at Roncalli 
there was a group known as "the City." He 
would like to hear from any member. • Former 
roommates Russ Pavia, John Mashia and Joe 
Collins held their annual reunion over Kentucky 
Derby weekend in (Viva) Las Vegas. They dined 
at the Venetian and Ruth's Cris Steak House. 
They also cruised the strip and watched the 
Derby at the Mirage's Sports Book. Lady Luck 
was absent, but a return trip is in the works. 
• William Kendall is proud to announce that his 
son, Jonathan, has joined the Peace Corps and 
will be teaching in Benin, West Africa. This is 
two countries over from Ghana, where Bill and 
four other members of the class of '71 were 
assigned by the Peace Corps 32 years ago! 
Attending the good-bye party were Jim Engler, 
who was also in Peace Corps Ghana, and Ed 
Kofron. • Fran Silvestri and his wife, Suzy, live in 
Auckland, New Zealand. After 25 years as CEO 
of a community mental health center in Keene, 
NH, he is currently the director of the 
International Institute of Mental Health 
Leaders. The institute is supported by several 
governments, and his travels take him to Europe 
and the U.S., where he has a summer home on 
Peaks Island, ME. Their daughter Lisetta 
graduated this year from St. John's College in 
Santa Fe, NM. Contact Fran at; he 
says the sailing in New Zealand is great. 


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6800 S.W. 67th St. 

South Miami, FL 33143 

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the news: Sharon Zailckas Lena writes that her 
parents spent three months with her in FL while 
her dad was recovering from heart surgery. Both 
of Sharon's sons graduated from West Point. 
Richard, an army captain, graduated from 
aviation school and earned his wings in April. 
Christopher, a lieutenant, is finishing his third 
year of medical school. Sharon also has a new 
granddaughter, Lauren, who was born last 
December and baptized in February at an army 
base. Meanwhile, Sharon took a new position as 
RN with a law firm that specializes in helping 
the elderly and their families with legal and 
medical advice on how to preserve their assets to 
pay for health care. • Since we didn't make it into 
the spring issue, this bit of news, though old, 
has not been shared. Melissa Robbins 
Lombardo writes that her daughter, Nicole, 18, 
got early decision to attend Clark University in 
Worcester. "That should be a great place for a 
purple-haired, tongue-pierced art major." Her 
older daughter, Sarah, who is on the Regis 
College swimming and diving team, came south 
this past winter to train at the University of 
Miami. Melissa and her husband, Mike, sold the 
house they lived in for 25 years and are in the 
process of moving to Lord's Point in Stonington, 
CT. • I also received a short note from Chris 
Moran, who had just finished her annual 
20-mile walk for hunger on May 4. She is doing 
great. A reminder, if you want to track down any 
classmates, register and then log on to the BC 
online community, at You 
can also register for a free E-mail for Life 
forwarding address. Stay well and keep in touch. 

Lawrence C. Edgar 

530 S. Barrington Ave., No. no 

Los Angeles, CA 90049 

This is the thirtieth anniversary of my column, 
and to celebrate I have a little more news than 
usual. First, some local BC news: I got to see 
our star basketball recruit, Sean Marshall '07, 
lead his team to the championship of suburban 
southern California. He's very promising. Back 
to our class, congratulations are in order for 
several members or their sons: Jim O'Toole, 
who, as far as I know, is the only one in our class 
who's on the BC faculty, was promoted to full 
professor in the history department. Also, his 
latest book, Passing for White, was chosen by the 
Book-of-the-Month Club, the first time in 
twenty-five years that a BC professor has had 
such an honor. • Coleman Szely is the incoming 
president of the Bergen County chapter of the 
New Jersey Society of CPAs and won that 
group's achievement award for this year. 
• A former resident of Bergen County who is 
now a Newport Beach, CA, software magnate, 
John Sacco will be sending his son Nick to the 
University of Southern California. John is on 
the mend from his second neck and spinal-cord 
surgery in two years. He reports that Bill 
Fornaci, who's back in NJ after years of living in 
FL, visited one of his sons in Italy this summer. 
His other son is a member of the Penn State 
band. • Gene McLaughlin, who's still in the 
Greenwich, CT, town attorney's office, is 
enrolling his son Owen in Mary Washington 
College in VA. Owen was class president at 
Fairfield High School in CT. • A correction 
from last quarter's column: the classmate I met 
while watching the Motor City Bowl was 
John Kozmenko, who's a divisional controller 
with Cisco Systems and a resident of Mountain 
View, CA. That's it for now. As usual, send 
me some news. 


Nancy Brouillard McKenzie 

7526 Sebago Rd. 

Bethesda, MD 20817-4840 


Please take a moment to remember in your 
prayers our classmate Bonnie Young, who 
passed away last summer. Sadly, let's also 
remember in our prayers Ruth Tarns Fuquen. 
Ruth passed away late in December at her home 
in Canton, OH, after a long illness. Ruth had 
dedicated her life to Latin American studies, 
languages and teaching, beginning at her alma 
mater Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred 
Heart, and later at Newton and at the University 
of Akron, as a Spanish instructor. She was a 
member of the board of the Ohio Opera Theater 
and the Mutual Friends Reading Group of 
Canton, a friend of the Stark County Library and 
a participant in various poetry workshops. Her 
mother, her husband, three daughters and five 
siblings survive Ruth. Many thanks to Elizabeth 
Coan, who sent us this information from Mary 
Coan. Mary and Ruth were classmates from 
kindergarten through college. Also, let's take a 
moment to remember in our prayers the 
recently departed Virginia Malaney Jaquet, 
mother of Susan Jaquet NC '73. • Anne Brescia 
and Brian Connell and Bob and Norma Tanguay 
Frye represented our class at the Reunion 
Weekend Mass and brunch. • Meg Barres 
Alonso and Mario will be without both sons this 
fall as Mike graduates from high school as 
salutatorian and attends Princeton in the fall. 
Matt is in Troy, NY, on an internship for a private 
firm that develops custom meteorological 
forecasting models for the government and 
industry. • Congratulations and welcome back to 
the pages of Bon Appetit to Mary Catherine 
Deibel for her newly relocated restaurant, 
Upstairs on the Square, in Harvard Square. 
Congratulations to Betsy Leece Conti on her son 
Jack's gradation from Georgetown. Shelly 
Noone Connolly and Mike will have Meghan in 
the BC '07 incoming class. BC plans on 
renovating Hardy and Cushing during the 
summer. • Beth Carroll Pokorny was unable to 
attend the annual tea for Newton alumnae in the 
greater Washington area. Beth and Don are busy 
with their two daughters, Andrea, at George 
Mason University, and Maria, soon to be a 
freshman at Radford. • Adrienne Tarr Free NC 
'67 led our committee for the annual spring tea 
for Newton College alumnae in the DC, MD and 
VA area. This year included a book group 
discussion led by Elizabeth White, RSCJ. What a 
treasure Sister White is for everyone in the 
Newton and Boston College community! 
Attendance at the tea is always high, and having 
it at Stone Ridge Country Day School was a 
special touch. This year, Sister White did not 
stand in fifth position, as she chose an informal 
presentation in order to support discussion. If 
you happen to see someone in the Newton area 
carrying a briefcase or wearing a t-shirt bearing 
the logo "885," stop and give a big hello to Sister 
White. Also attending the tea were 
Claire Kondolf, RSCJ, in residence at Stone 
Ridge, and Margaret Mary Canty, RSCJ, from 
Kenwood. Finally, a big thank you goes to those 
who made the tea possible, particularly the BC 
Alumni Association and Julie Hirschberg 
Nuzzo NC '74, assistant director for Newton 
College. • Please remember to use the e-mail 
address above for your news. 

Joy A. Malone 

16 Lewis St. 

Little Falls, NY 13365 

Archbishop Timothy P. A. Broglio has been 
selected as the recipient of the 2003 Alumni 
Achievement Award for Religion. The entire class 
of 19J} is invited to join in honoring his 
achievements at the award ceremony and 
reception to be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, 
September 25, 2003, at Robsham Theater, Main 
Campus. For more information please visit or call 800-669-8430 
to reserve space at the event. — Editor 
Classmates, how is it going? Were you swept up 
in the reality TV programs this past spring? 
American Idol and Nashville Star had a lot of us 
voting for our favorites, while Fear Factor 
grossed us out. Hooray for reality TV. • Well, our 
thirtieth reunion has come and gone. The class 
is looking forward to hearing from those of you 
who attended the reunion. I was already 
wondering how we might celebrate our 
thirty-fifth college reunion and thinking about a 
thirty-fifth reunion cruise. Is anyone related to 
someone who works for the cruise industry? 
• Carol Ribeiro Navedo M.S. '90, has been 
wellness director at Epic Assisted Living in 
Norton for the last five years. Carol also works 
for the VNA as a community health nurse. Carol 
and her husband, Johnny, have four children. 
Their oldest child, Lorie, is a physical- 
education teacher and varsity girls' basketball 
coach for the Springfield, MA, school 
system. Their next child, Jenn, is a quality 
controller for Kendall-Tyco in Mansfield and is 
happily planning her upcoming wedding. 
Carol and Johnny's son David is a junior at 
Springfield College, and their youngest child, 
Michael, is in his second year at Lasell College in 
Newton, where he plays men's soccer and was 
voted Rookie of the Year for the 2002-03 school 
year. Thanks very much to Carol for the great 
update. • Kathy McGuire Perri and her husband, 
John, also have four children, three of whom 
perform in rock bands in the greater Boston 
area. Their son Dominic, 21, is a music-industry 
major at Northeastern University. Dominic 
plays the guitar and sings in his rock group. 
Kathy and John's son Jonathon, 18, plays bass 
guitar for the band Strutter and is a freshman at 
Bridgewater State College. Their youngest son, 
Daniel, 16, plays the drums for the group The 
Lead Hour. Kathy and John's daughter, Alicia, 
23, graduated from Ithaca College and now 
works in Boston in Massachusetts State 
Representative Jim Vallee's office. Thanks very 
much to the Perri family for this great 
update. • James J. Boyle, the vice president for 
institutional advancement at SUNY Cortland 
since 1996, retired from the college in 
December 2002. Jim worked as a consultant 
to the college foundation during the spring 
2003 semester and earned the designation 
vice president emeritus for institutional 
advancement. During Jim's six years of leader- 
ship at SUNY Cortland, the net assets of the 
college foundation increased from $3 million to 
$8.3 million. Jim was a political science major at 
BC, earned his master's degree in public 
administration from Penn State and has a Ph.D. 
in higher education from Syracuse University. 
Jim and his wife, Patricia Weigel-Boyle, have 
four children, Jim, Meg, Brendan and Bridget. 
They reside in Wells, ME, where Jim is working 
as a development consultant for Demont 
Associates of" Portland, ME. • Classmates, 
remember to e-mail your news as soon as you 
receive this issue of Boston College Magazine. 
News about you, your children and your grand- 
children is much appreciated by everyone in the 
class. God bless. 

I 1 ■■ I 


Nancy Warburton Desisto 

P.O. Box 142 

West Booth bay Harbor, ME 04575 

Patricia McNabb Evans 

35 Stratton Lane 

Foxboro, MA 02035 


Paul J. Hesketh has been selected as the recipient of 
the 200} Alumni Achievement Award for Science. 
The entire class of 1974 is invited to join in 
honoring his achievements at the award ceremony 
and reception to be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, 
September 25, 2003, at Robsham Theater, Main 
Campus. For more information please visit or call 800-669-8430 
to reserve space at the event. — Editor 
Hi, everyone! I apologize for the missing 
column ... no excuses, I just wrote down the 
wrong deadline. I hope you had a nice summer 
and that you are planning to celebrate our 
thirtieth (Yikesl) reunion next spring. If you have 
any ideas or time to share in the planning of our 
reunion, please e-mail me or call Amy 
Belmore, assistant director, classes, at the 
Alumni Association; she is our class 
contact. We will be getting together in the next 
month, so please think about it. By now you 
should have received an e-mail about our plans 
for a football game and FanFest. If you have not 
been to a pregame FanFest, it is really worth 
checking out, especially with children. Our class 
and '75 had a great turnout for last season's 
BC-Navy game: Joe Glynn, Bob Sheehan '75, 
Sean Hunt, Jim Wasiolek, John Colbert, Ann 
and Chet Franczyk, Jane Flatley McSorley, Jane 
Flatley Jackson, the Mahoneys, the McCarthys, 
Jim and I, and a lot of friends and family mem- 
bers. • I received a nice note from Tom Sasso 
about his and some BC friends' "First-Ever Dixit 
Celebration Weekend Reunion and Hoedown" 
(!) last summer at the O'Connells' Cape Cod 
home. Partying were Denise Kenny, Keith 
Kulper and Joan O'Connell, along with Bill 
Boyle '75 and Marge O'Brien '75, and former 
Kilsyth roommates George Simpson, Dan Pepin 
and Mary Meadows and their families. They all 
had a great time. • My family is doing well, and 
our daughter Andi will be a freshman at the 
Heights this fall. Please send me your news! 
Take care. 

Beth Docktor Nolan 

693 Boston Post Rd. 

Weston, MA 02492 



Your class correspondent was tardy with her 
class notes last time, so these class notes include 
Christmas messages from near and far ... Far 
away in England is Diane Tanguay Prokup and 
husband Bob. Both Diane and Bob work for the 
National Security Agency and are on a liaison 
tour with the British government counterparts. 
The Prokups have enjoyed England and look 
forward to the return to the States next year with 
mixed feelings. Daughter Lisa, a junior at 
Simmons, spent her second semester in Paris. 
"Auntie" Norma lives in Sudbury and is Lisa's 
home away from home. Anna, 15, has been 
going to a British "public" school. • I heard from 

Naomi Hashimota Suzuki, who lives in Tokyo. 
Her son, Satoshi, is studying for the judicial 
examination with hopes of becoming a public 
prosecutor. Naomi still teaches Japanese and 
expects to be working at the dormitory at the 
Sacred Heart University. She has also obtained 
the first level of master flower arrangement. 

• Beth Carroll, husband John Meyer and puppy 
Rocky have moved to the country, still in CT but 
closer to VT. Both Beth and John are now 
working from home, for the same company, in 
different divisions. • Closer to home, Donna 
Paolina writes that last May Martha O'Donnell 
Roger, Mary Kiernan Salsich, Carol Conlon 
Mcintosh, Terry Ryan McEntee and Donna 
Paolino Urciuoli had a reunion in Mary's home- 
town of Annapolis. Donna's oldest daughter, 
Mari Marchionte '01, graduated from Boston 
College with a major in English. When Mari was 
a freshman, she lived in Duchesne East, just like 
her mother! Mari is now in an M.A.T 
program at Simmons. Daughter Kara is a 
sophomore at Lynn University in Boca Raton. 
Donna and husband Bob Urciuli have a home in 
West Palm Beach and are close by. Donna is 
involved in the family real estate business, 
Paolino Properties. Donna is also a trustee of 
Lincoln School for Girls in Providence and 
on the boards of Sophia Academy and RISE, 
which places children of incarcerated and 
drug-addicted woman in independent schools. 

• Patricia Waters is the Raytheon vice president 
for business ethics and compliance. Patty's 
frequent flights to the Pentagon were temporarily 
suspended as she recovered from a bad break 
from falling down some stairs at work. • Hope to 
hear some news from you! 

Hellas M. Assad 

149 Lincoln St. 

Norwood, MA 02062 


Hello, everyone. I hope you all had an enjoyable 
summer, and we shall look forward to a 
successful football season at the Heights. 
Congratulations to Mark Frey. He is pleased to 
announce the birth of his daughter, Hannah 
Ross Vogel-Frey, born on April 13 in Los 
Angeles. Mark has recently been promoted to 
district manager for Blue Shield of California. 
His partner and he live in Rolling Hills, CA. 
• Kathie Cantwell McCarthy wishes to thank all 
who participated in class events and who sent in 
their $25 dues this past year. We hope you will 
continue to be involved and contact fellow class- 
mates to join you in upcoming events. Please 
make your e-mail address available to help 
defray our mailing cost. Feel free to contact 
Kathie if you wish to be involved in planning or 
sharing of your ideas and suggestions. Her 
e-mail is Watch 
your e-mail for upcoming events, and we hope 
to hear from you soon. Kathie's daughter, Sheila 
'03, graduated BC in May and has been chosen 
to participate in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps of 
the Southwest. She has accepted a position with 
the Homeless Advocacy Project in San Francisco 
and will begin August 2003 working with the 
homeless and those at risk. We are proud of her 
commitment to reach out and assist others in 
need and to use her BC education and talent in 
such a generous and admirable manner. 
God bless her in her work and transition. 
Kathie's son, Tom '01, continues his work in law 
enforcement. He is a member of the 
Framingham Auxiliary Police and is an armed 
security officer. This year he accepted a position 
as a seasonal police officer in Hull. In the 
meantime, he manages his well-established 

T's Landscape business. Kathy and I had the 
pleasure of meeting and chatting with actor 
Chris O'Donnell '92 as he was honored by the 
BC Fine Arts Council. He was very cordial and a 
true gentleman to all those gathered around him 
for a precious photo! • Class news has been 
rather light, so please take a moment to drop me 
a line or two. We would love to hear from you. 

Margaret M. Caputo 

501 Kinsale Rd. 

Timonium, MD 21093 



As I write this in June, the sky is gray and about 
to burst open — no surprise considering the wet 
spring we've endured. It will be interesting to 
read this column in September and look back on 
the summer to see if we continued to take cover 
or actually got some sun to tone down the ashen 
skin we've been sporting for months on end! 

• I got a great surprise e-mail from Laura 
Zerbinati! Our favorite fashion designer resides 
in Panama and recently traveled to the U.S. to 
have lunch with Catalina Echavarria in Miami 
while on her way to DC and VA. Last fall, Laura 
presented her collection on E! and CNN-Spanish 
as well as at the May 2003 "Miss Universe 
Fashion Show," where the contestants served as 
models. Laura shares that Catalina moved to Key 
Biscayne after many years in her native Ecuador 
and is a highly regarded interior and furniture 
designer who has received many international 
awards for her professional endeavors. • Eileen 
Sutherland Brupbacher had a career change last 
September and is now a broker for Ringler 
Associates, a company that arranges annuities 
in insurance settlements. Her older son, Jay, was 
due to graduate from Georgetown this past 
spring, and her second son, Dan, will be a 
senior there this fall. • Posey Holland Griffin's 
husband, Greg, traveled to Kirkuk in May 2003 
with an AmeriCares airlift that transported 
70,000 pounds of medical supplies and 
equipment. Upon his return, Greg shared via 
e-mail some incredibly moving photographs he 
took of the airlift operation as well as of doctors, 
patients and youngsters in four hospitals and an 
orphanage he visited. What an adventure! 

• On the other side of the world, I attended the 
2003 DC and MD-area Newton Spring Tea in 
Bethesda on a spectacular Sunday afternoon. 
NCSH 1975 was well represented by attendees 
Peggy Brophy Jensen, Jane McCavitt, 
Pam McNaughton D'Ambrosio, Joan Pedersen, 
Sheila Reilly and Mary Stevens McDermott. 
This was a warm and soul-nurturing event. If 
you don't have a Newton tea tradition in your 
area, I encourage you to start one! • Classmates 
looking for classmates: I'm trying to obtain 
e-mail addresses or phone numbers for Peggy 
Lyons, Betsy Costello Forbes and Jane Rossetti. 
Please get in touch with me — people who care 
about you are trying to reach you! • Thanks to all 
who voted for me on this year's Alumni 
Association ballot. It wasn't meant to be, as the 
saying goes, but your support means a great deal 
to me just the same. • For all of our classmates: 
Please contact me with news of your summer 
travels to share with our readers. Also, I remain 
interested in sharing your memories of our days 
at NCSH, particularly our freshman year, in the 
columns leading up to our thirtieth reunion in 
2005. (Perhaps these can be the genesis of a 
book of memories I compile for our class's 
enjoyment at that event? An idea to ponder 
during the cold winter ahead.) Wishing all 
of you a colorful autumn and blessed 
Thanksgiving ... "see" you in December! 19 

Gerald B. Shea 

25 Elmore St. 

Newton Centre, MA 02459 

John N. Montalbano is a partner in the general- 
practice law firm Dzialo, Pickett & Allen, PC, in 
Middletown, CT. He and his wife, Valerie, have 
a lively 3-year-old daughter, Christiana, who 
keeps them both busy. Professionally, John 
reports that he concentrates in personal injury 
and workers' compensation law. He enjoys 
speaking at seminars given by the state Trial 
Lawyers Association, testifying before the 
legislature on pertinent legal matters and being 
on the board of directors of Camps Farthest Out, 
a nondenominational Christian retreat 
fellowship. • After 19 years as a stay-at-home 
mother and homemaker, Gail Mosman Murphy 
is employed at Campion Center, the Jesuit 
retirement home in Weston, where she resides. 
She enjoys the work (in activities) and "putting 
the Holy Cross guys in their place." Soon she 
and hubby will celebrate their twenty-fourth 
anniversary and send their second daughter, 
Kelly, off to Saint Michael's College. Their 
oldest, Jessica, will be a junior at Rollins and 
Lindsay, their youngest, enters Weston High 
School. • Mike and Gina (Finch) Williams report 
that their daughter, Courtney, enters BC's class 
of '07 in the fall, joining older sister Katie '05. 
Jayme, 14, will keep mom and dad company in 
Dover. • Peggy Ogonowski and family were 
guests of honor on May 17 when the town of 
Dracut named a town square the Captain John 
A. Ogonowski Memorial Square. Her late 
husband — a pilot on Flight 11 on September 11, 
2001 — was eulogized in the opening prayer as 
"the good pilot," and others spoke of John's 
service during the Vietnam War, his farming 
and mentoring of Cambodian immigrants 
learning how to farm in New England, and his 
other myriad accomplishments in a life cut 
short. The memorial square is situated near the 
farm where he was raised, on land upon which 
he played as a child. How fitting! • Well, that's it 
for now. Please note the new address should you 
send a missive about summer exploits, etc. Have 
a healthy and happy summer, and God bless. 

Nicholas D. Kydes 

8 Newtown Terrace 

Norwalk, CT 06851 


Greetings to the class of '77 from Nick Kydes, 
your class correspondent. This is my first 
opportunity to report information to you and to 
develop what I hope will be an interesting line of 
communication with our classmates. Before I 
begin with my correspondence, I would like to 
let you know what I'm currently doing. I got 
married on May 25, 1985, to Carol, a wonderful 
lady whom I've known since elementary school 
and who lived five houses from my home in 
Norwalk, CT, the town in which we still live. 
What's the old saying about the best things in 
life being in your own backyard? Well it's true, 
and I want to include BC in that statement too. 
In any event, I received my M.B.A. in 1988 from 
the University of Bridgeport, the same year that 
Carol and I had our daughter, Olympia, who is 
now 14 years old and a sophomore at Convent of 
the Sacred Heart of Greenwich, CT. We also 
have a son, Alexander, who is 5 years old and will 
be going to kindergarten this September. Going 
back as far as 1996, I was a senior manager of 
global procurement and IT outsourcing with 

American Express in NYC. In 2000, I was at 
Merrill Lynch as a director, managing IT 
outsourcing and e-procurement projects. I'm 
currently a vice president of Computer 
Generated Solutions, a private international 
company located at 1675 Broadway and 52nd 
Street, NYC. All these references to NYC bring 
to mind the night in March 2003 when Gus 
Kalivas, Tim Miller and I met there for dinner. 
We had a blast reminiscing — with many of you 
in our thoughts — about our BC years. Didn't we 
all have a great time at BC, and don't you just 
miss those years? Gus, Tim and I are planning 
another dinner night in NYC this July and every 
month thereafter. We would like to invite 
anyone who works or lives in the area to join us 
by contacting me at my home e-mail address,, and/or cell number, 
203-829-9122. • Gus is a vice president with 
American Express Financial Advisors in 
Fairfield County, CT. He has been with the 
company for 19 years and is one of their 
top financial advisors, with an outstanding 
reputation in the industry. Gus, his wife, Maria, 
and sons, Christopher, 13, and Lee, 8, live in 
Weston, CT. Christopher attends Weston 
Middle, and Lee attends Weston Elementary. 
• Tim is a vice president with Wachovia 
Securities in Oceanside, NY. Tim, his wife, 
Peggy, their son, James, and daughters, Dorothy 
and Meghann, live in Oceanside, NY. Dorothy is 
a freshman at BC; James is a junior at Penn 
State, and Meghann is a sophomore at 
Oceanside High School. • Also with daughters 
attending BC are Gary O'Connor and Jim 
Green. Gary is a partner with the law firm 
Drubner, Hartley & O'Connor of Waterbury, CT. 
He lives in Waterbury with his wife, Pamela, 
daughter, Kate, who attends BC, and son, Don, 
who is a senior in high school. Gary and his firm 
specialize in class-action work and are currently 
representing the doctors in the HMO 
class-action suit that has been getting 
international media attention lately. Jim is also 
an attorney, with the Hartford, CT, firm Pepe & 
Havard. Jim is married to Ann McCarthy. 
They have two daughters, Julia, who attends BC, 
and Dierdra, and a son, Andrew. • Moving on 
from the Northeast to "mile-high" country is 
Ann Bersani. Let us congratulate Ann on her 
recent election as director, west of the 
Mississippi, of the BCAA board of directors. 
About two years ago, Ann and her husband, 
Michael Durkin, their sons, Timothy '07 and 
Brendan, and daughter, Kathleen, took the 
wagon train to Denver, CO. Ann got her degree 
in English and received an M.B.A.; however, she 
is "retired" from the paid work force and is 
devoting all her efforts in raising her children. 
Ann has been extremely active as treasurer of 
the BC Club of Colorado since 1999; a member 
of the BC Club of Atlanta (1989 to 1993), the 
BC Fides Society and the Mile High 
Down Syndrome Association; and a volunteer 
at Regis Jesuit High School, the Good 
Shepherd School, Christ the King and Denver 
Public Schools. Michael is the president of 
Mile High United Way of Denver, CO. He and 
Ann met and got married at BC. If anyone wants 
to contact Ann regarding BC member issues 
west of the Mississippi River, e-mail her 
at • We salute Steve 
Desjardins, who is a captain in and 24-year 
veteran of the U.S. Navy. He has recently 
reported to the Space and Electronic Warfare 
Systems Command in San Diego as the deputy 
program manager for the Advanced Tactical 
Data Link Program, which is responsible for 
about $300 million dollars per year of defense 

programs. He just finished a tour of duty as the 
surface operations officer for Carrier Group 
One. Although he was not in the Middle East for 
Operation Iraqi Freedom, he was responsible for 
training all of the Pacific Fleet aircraft carrier 
battle groups and spent three out of four 
months at the end of 2002 onboard the 
USS Constellation, the USS Carl Vinson and the 
USS Nimitz, training and certifying the 
ships, staffs and air wings to get them ready for 
deployment. Previously, Steve had command of 
the USS Elliot, a Spruance-class destroyer. Steve, 
his wife, Carla, and daughter, Madeline, 12, live 
in Rancho Penasquitos, CA, which is just north 
of San Diego. • Paula Hassam '78 is looking for 
a former roommate, Patricia (Nolan) Bowan. 
Patricia married Michael Ramirez '76. If you 
have any information about Patricia, please 
e-mail Paula at 
• I look forward to eventually hearing from all 
of you. I wish the best to you and your 
families, and may all good things find the 
path to your door. 

^ Julie Butler Evans 

971 West Rd. 

New Canaan, CT 06840 


First of all, Ken Turner's nickname was nowhere 
near "Barney Rubble!" It was "Maha-Ro." 
No clue as to why I was thinking the former. 
But, Ken, it was so awesome to see you at the 
Heights for the big silver jubilee (even if the 
lighting at the after-party was so not to your 
liking!). What a terrific time! Leave it to me, 
Susan Orlando Liu and Lori Gronert Hudson to 
get a coed dorm suite with Eddie "Eddie O" 
O'Sullivan! Being in a dorm caused a 25-year 
regression in behavior, but it was such a blast. 
• Seen and heard at the reunion: Kevin O'Malley, 
living near Needham with five kids and another 
on the way, moaning, "I'll be changing diapers 
into my fifties!" ... Bruce Fador, minus the puka 
beads, talking about his oldest graduating from 
Bates and a daughter to start her sophomore 
year at BC in the autumn ... Modmates Claudia 
Haertel Peterson, Ann Warren Lyons, Ellie 
Venturi Ellsworth, Maureen Glavin Grygiel, 
Joan Vanherwarde Smith and Maggie Mullen 
McElynn having a great time and looking 
toward the fiftieth (!) ... Jack Vaughn, a lawyer in 
NYC and father of three sons, hanging out with 
fellow roomie from the "Red House" Craig 
Gilmartin, yet another attorney ... Former BC 
women's soccer players Mary Catherine Green 
Leyden and Nancy Benz Bitter looking the same 
as they did in '78, if not better! Nancy and hubby 
Ward '77 have two kids at BC ... Paul Cronin, 
looking happy and healthy but not nearly as 
"disco" as his life-sized cut-out (which went to 
Kevin McLaughlin as a door prize, along with a 
BC t-shirt) ... Bob and Barbara Brennan 
MacLaverty discussing boarding school for 
one of their children ... Greg Rucki, recognizing 
Lori Gronert, and Peter Van Camp not doing 
the same! (Of course there was the 
"transformation.") ... Jim McGuire, now living 
in Boston, looking terrific and tossing out 
compliments ... Mike Elia and Charlie McCool 
lovin' life ... Barb Moriarty dancing up a storm to 
a Boz Scaggs tune ... Maureen Tichenor, a 
special-ed teacher out on the Cape, relaxing on 
the day of the reunion on a yacht hired by 
Rick McDonald and joined by buddies Paul 
Murphy, Rich O'Meara, Jack Stapleton, Bill 
McKiernan, Jay Pingeton, George Cornell, Ken 
Turner and Kevin McLaughlin (who did I forget 
to mention?) ... • I know that in the next column 
I will remember more about the reunion that is 


escaping me right now. Rick McDonald wrote 
apres the event, "... so many faces to reconstruct 
in our minds, praying the names would pop out 
before we had to squint at the way-too-small 
names on those badges! Saturday night seemed 
to end before its time ... and then we slipped 
back into our lives once again ... And while you 
can never go back, you can always look back ... 
This is the gift of '78 we all gave each other: 
ourselves." Very well put, Rick. • Some people 
asked me to give a shout-out to classmates sort 
of "missing in action": Marianne O'Donnell, 
Mary Jane Sullivan and Lori Poveromo. • Two 
classmates who were unable to make the event 
e-mailed in updates: Al "Buns" Gallo writes that 
he was saddened to read about Michelle Rogers 
Culnane's death, as he was her classmate from 
grade school through BC. He is an RN for Beth 
Israel Medical Center in NY Al has been 
married since three days before September 11 
and reports that fellow Roncalli Penthouse 
survivors Vinny Allen, Jeff Garfunkel, Kelly 
"Mike" Elias, Stave Chong and Hank Bain '77, 
attended the nuptials. He and his wife, Nenet, 
were at the BC Bookstore on September 11! Al 
also says he is "very proud of Nick Burns." • Also 
writing in (at great length) was Randy 
McDonald, an executive vice president and 
CFO/treasurer at Ameritrade in Omaha, NE. In 
a nutshell, Randy reports that his older daughter 
graduated from the Heights in 2001, while his 
other daughter is currently at Holy Cross. His 
oldest son swam for Penn State, and his younger 
two sons are big into football in Omaha. He 
spent 22 years commuting from the Jersey 
shore to Manhattan, until Ameritrade called 
three years ago — "we are looking for the 
ocean!" — but says that he and his family still 
consider the shore "home" and will start looking 
for a retirement home there in the near future. 
He has stayed in touch with Bob Kirschner and 
Kevin Abt and has run into former classmates 
John Adams, Frank Kinney, Bob Mancini, Terry 
Belton and Joe Hayes. He writes, "BC was an 
unbelievable experience that helped prepare me 
for my career in two important ways ... 
academic and ethics." Randy says that "ethics is 
learned and lived, and the Jesuits are the best at 
this." • As mentioned, look for more reunion 
memories next time, and a big thank you to Jack 
Foley and his fellow reunion planners, Eileen 
Carney, Carolyn DiPesa, Joyce McSweeney, 
Jeanne Poirer, Beth Caruso, Shelia Doherty 
Finnerty, Kathy Messmore, Maureen Porter, 
Leigh Rossi Doukas, Susan Mullen and Joyce 
Gallagher Sullivan! • On a personal note, I 
would like to thank those classmates who kept 
my oldest, Blake, a corporal in the U.S. Marine 
Corps, in their prayers during the war. He came 
back to American soil on Memorial Day. 
• Please forward all of your memories and other 
mentionables before September 8. And in 
the words of Rick McDonald, remember: "It 
never ever ends!" 

Laura Vitagliano 

78 Wareham St. 

Medford, MA 02155 



Hi! Pat Farenga, writer and president of Holt 
Associates, lectures all over the country and is 
the father of three home-schooled daughters. 
He recently updated and expanded Teach Your 
Own: The John Holt Book of Home Schooling. 
Holt's philosophy of education and unique 
observations of parents teaching at home is 
combined with up-to-the-moment legal, 
financial and logistical advice. • Ann Schwoebel 

Michael contacted me to get in touch with Barb 
Gould and included an update on her life. After 
BC, she went to graduate school and then spent 
18 years at PNC Bank. She has been "retired" for 
four years now, deciding to let her husband 
"support" her! She wishes she had done it 
earlier, even though she does miss that 
paycheck. She rides her horse daily and spends 
time on the show circuit. • Tom Malone lives in 
MD, working as an anesthesiologist. However, 
he splits his time as a commercial pilot (his first 
love), and when the weather warms up, you'll 
probably find him in the air, flying a WWII 
fighter for one of the many air shows around the 
country. Keep an eye out, as he frequents many 
football and hockey games at BC during the 
season! • Len Holt and his wife, Debi, have three 
children, Jennifer, 17, Lenny Jr., 16, and 
Kenneth, 12. Jennifer has been accepted into 
BC's class of 2007. Len recently sold a business 
that he started as his junior marketing project at 
BC. After having up to 150 employees, he is now 
enjoying coaching and watching his kids 
participate in school and athletic events. 
Currently, he is building homes in Newton 
(to keep busy!) and, in fact, is building one at the 
base of Heartbreak Hill. He keeps in touch with 
Jude Kostas, John Tramontozzi and Julius 
Sciarra. They plan a summer get-together at 
Len's Cape house in Dennis, since it's his turn. 
• Speaking of get-togethers, our twenty-fifth is 
coming up next year. I wrote this before the 
summer began, and by the time you receive this, 
a planning committee should be starting to 
get together. Please contact the Alumni 
Association or me if you are interested. This is 
a big one for us! 

John Carabatsos 

478 Torrey St. 

Brockton, MA 02301 

Hello, everyone. I'm looking forward to a great 
fall. We certainly deserve one. My apologies to 
Michael Voccola, whose submission I forgot to 
include in the last issue. He lives in Cranston, 
RI, with his 13-year-old son, Michael. After 
graduation, he served as vice president of 
Downing Corp. until 1985, when he started 
Cassidy Group, a small developer specializing in 
residential condominium developments. When 
the "crash" was taking place in the late '80s, he 
joined Janco, Inc., America's largest Burger 
King franchisee, located in RI. He then started, 
and continues to be instrumental in, Olympus 
Group Real Estate. In August 2001, he was 
selected to be director of business development 
for the Procaccianti Group, a major hotel 
ownership and operating company. He also 
graduated from Roger Williams School of Law 
in 1997. He currently serves as immediate past 
president of the Roger Williams Law Alumni 
Association. His work now involves "traffic 
management" of all the legal work for the 
Procaccianti Group, working as a liaison with 
retained counsel. Sounds like a busy 23 years for 
Michael. • Jim O'Keefe, John McCrudden (with 
his wife, Wanda) and Kent Kasica got together in 
April for what has become affectionately known 
as "Kent's Annual Darwinian Eco-Challenge." 
Two years ago, the Kasicas and the McCruddens 
went camping in the CO Rockies. Last year, 
Kent, who lives in Boulder with his wife, Joyce, 
organized an arduous (and often treacherous) 
hike down the North Rim of the Grand Canyon 
on the Nankoweap Trail with Jim, Mike Brennan 
'81 and Mike's son Connor. This year, the crew 
went on a 100-mile mountain biking trek in 

Moab, UT, up and down the scenic canyons of 
the White Rim Trail. The ride was challenging at 
times, but the scenery was spectacular, and the 
company was great. Nevertheless, John has 
sworn off biking, and Jim has vowed never to 
share a tent with Kent again. Kasica had no 
comment, except to say that next year's trip will 
most likely be somewhere in the Himalayas. 
Jim, I might add, is an associate professor of 
mathematics at Lesley University. • Michael 
Murphy continues to enjoy life in the great 
Northwest with his wife, Julia Hagan, and 
daughters, Anne, 15, and Clare, 13. After two 
years in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (Portland 
1981-82 and Juneau 1982-83) Mike earned his 
M.S.W at Portland State University in 1986. 
He completed a special-education teaching 
license in 1998 and has taught children 
with behavioral and emotional difficulties in 
the Gresham-Barlow School District for the 
past five years. 

Alison Mitchell McKee 

1128 Brandon Rd. 

Virginia Beach, VA 23451 



Since my last column, I've received a more 
complete report from Bob Kelly. Bob has been at 
Camp Commando in Kuwait serving with the 
First Marine Expeditionary Force as the force 
movement control officer. Bob was ordered back 
to active duty on November 1, 2002, in support 
of Operation Enduring Freedom. He deployed to 
Kuwait in early January and has been over in 
that part of the world since then. Bob was 
recently selected for promotion to colonel in the 
U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (just having passed 
his twenty-second year in the corps). Bob reports 
that although combat operations are pretty 
much over, there is still a lot to do over there. 
Temperatures were hitting about no degrees at 
the time of his writing. Bob has been looking 
forward to heading back home to be with his 
wife, Shawn, and their two boys, Robert, 12, and 
Michael, 7. In his civilian life, Bob is the director 
of sales and marketing for the Pasha Group, 
Relocation Services. The Kellys live in Foothill 
Ranch, CA. • Dan Arkins has also been active 
with Operation Enduring Freedom in Iraq. 
Details are sketchy, but I hope to get more of an 
update on what Dan has been up to over there. 
• Jamie Dahill is still in Manhattan, working in 
the biotech industry and hoping to attend a few 
football games at the Heights this fall. You can 
contact Jamie at • Deirdre 
Wielgus is the chief operations officer for I PR 
International, LLC, a firm specializing in 
electronic data vaulting and recovery. I PR is 
located in PA and CA and services clients 
worldwide. Before joining IPR, Deirdre held 
several executive positions with SCT Corp., 


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including senior vice president of organizational 
strategy, marketing and global human resources. 
In her new position with IPR International, 
Deirdre is accountable for developing and 
delivering all SLA-managed services to I PR's 
client base. Deirdre lives in West Chester, PA. 
• Mail has been awfully light these past few 
months. Please take a few moments to send me 
an e-mail! 

John A. Feudo 

175 Sheffield Drive 

Belchertown, MA 01007 

Everything comes into perspective when you 
think about classmates like lieutenant 
commander Mike Cura, who recently received a 
bronze star for his efforts in Afghanistan. 
Mike is a SEAL in the U.S. Navy, and he led 
special operations forces behind enemy lines 
during Operation Enduring Freedom. How does 
he plan to celebrate such a noteworthy 
accomplishment? Not with a trip to Disneyworld 
but by taking his son, Conor, on a camping trip 
to NH this summer, where he hopes to catch up 
with Tony Giunta. Tony is the mayor of Franklin, 
NH, and when Mike is not defending America 
overseas, he lives in Norfolk, VA, with his wife, 
Maureen '84, and their two children. Thanks for 
being there for us all, Mike. • Speaking of 
America, Tim Fahey is living in one of our 
country's most beautiful locales, Maui, HI. Tim 
works at the Maui High Performance 
Computing Center as the manager of the user 
and technology services group. He has two sons, 
Chris and Nick. When he's not working, surfing 
or swimming, Tim has been learning to speak 
Japanese. Any '82ers looking for some 
recommendations on the best places to stay and 
eat on Maui are welcome to contact Tim at I've decided that what 
this column needs is for me to conduct 
personal interviews of our classmates, so I'll 
force myself to go visit Tim first! • David 
Surprenant has been elected managing partner 
at the law firm Mirick O'Connell in Worcester. 
He is currently a partner in the firm's business 
department. Dave also serves as chair of the 
board of the United Way of Central 
Massachusetts and is a member of the board 
and executive committee of Catholic Charities. 
• Brian Koscher has also been promoted 
recently. Ahlstrom's fiber composite division 
has welcomed Brian as its new director of 
marketing for meat-packaging products. He will 
assume the global sales and marketing 
responsibility for casing products. • If anyone 
from Murdock Terrace is wondering why you 
haven't heard from Maureen McKinnon Rego 
lately, it's because she's busy at home with 
her and Steven's seven children: Steven, 
Andrew, Michael, Mary Kate, Theresa and the 
one-year-old twins, Peter and John. The Rego 
family lives in a house — probably a big house — 
in Little Compton, RI. • Not much else to report 
this time around. I hope to get some e-mails 
from you soon. How about a golden girl update 
from Melody Barrett? 

Cynthia J. Bocko 

71 Hood Rd. 

Tewksbury, MA 01876 


The following reunion update is courtesy of 
Jenny McGee: Our twentieth reunion has come 
and gone, with sell-out crowds for both our 
Friday and Saturday night events. It was great to 
see so many excited, enthusiastic people return 


to catch up with old friends. Thanks to all of you 
who came and participated in the weekend's 
festivities. Hope to see even more people at the 
twenty-fifth! Thanks also to the alumni who paid 
their class dues. Annual dues are helpful in 
enhancing any event we have, especially 
during reunion years. So now that the coffers 
are low again, here's a reminder to pay your 
dues. Please forward $25 to Class of '83, Boston 
College, Alumni House, 825 Centre Street, 
Newton, MA 02458. • We are also in the process 
of compiling an alumni e-mail list. Your e-mail 
address will allow us an easy, quick and 
inexpensive way to update you on events and 
activities. If you have not done so and would like 
to be included, please forward your e-mail 
address to You can also e-mail 
updated addresses and telephone numbers. 

• We are going to have a class tailgate party 
at the Miami game. We reserved 75 tickets for 
our class. More information will be sent out 
soon! • John Kirby has started a new corporate 
art consulting firm, after 16 years as co-owner of 
another firm called Boston Corporate Art. The 
new organization is called Boston Art, and their 
mission is to serve the art purchasing needs of 
corporations, hospitals, hotels and residential 
settings. John studied painting at BC under 
Andy Tavarelli and John Steczynski, and his 
understanding of fine art from a practicing 
artist's point of view has gained him much 
success in the corporate community. John 
and his wife, Diane, have three children, 
Johnnie, 10, Elizabeth, 8, and Miles, 6, and 
they reside in Swampscott. John can be 
reached at 
and 617-951-0900. • Judy Kostka is the nurse 
manager for cancer services for Cape Cod 
Healthcare and has two children, Devin, 10, and 
Renee, 8. Judy is hoping to get in touch with 
Allison Shemitz, her former roommate, and she 
can be reached at • Joseph 
King, Jr. accepted a position with the Yale 
University School of Medicine as associate 
professor of neurosurgery, director of the 
outcomes research for neurosurgery, and VA 
staff physician. He is married to Yale classmate 
Amy Justice and has two wonderful children, 
Daniel, 6, and Erin, 3. • Barb Bellis is excited to 
announce that she is now a state judge! Barb 
lives in Shelton, CT, with her husband, 
Steve, and their children, Michael, 14, 
Matthew, 12, and Lindsay, 10. Barb wasn't able to 
make the reunion but hopes to meet up with 
her former roommates, including Tina 
Weis Grant, Julie Barry Vozella, Liz Watts 
Murphy, Sally Shields and Nancy Elder Paciulli. 

• Let's keep this column robust! Please send 
your news to my e-mail address if you can: 

Carol A. McConnell 

P.O. Box 628 

Belmar, NJ 07719 


The contact information for the 1984 class 
correspondent in the spring issue was incorrect; the 
correct information appears above. We regret the 
error. — Editor 

I hope you're enjoying your summer. 
Here's the news I've received from 
classmates: On November 23, 2002, Sean 
Whalen married Sandra O'Neil in Marblehead 
at Our Lady Star of the Sea parish. Sean now has 
two stepchildren, Robert, 7, and Jack, 5. 
Sean and Sandra recently celebrated the birth of 
baby Samuel Joseph Whalen, born April n, 

2003. Currently employed by Lojack Corp., 
Sean has been with the company for six 
years and was promoted to sales director, 
national accounts and OEM, for Lojack's com- 
mercial division. Sean and family reside in 
Marblehead, and he writes that any 
alumni wishing to contact him may do so 
through e-mail at 
• JohnCarpenter is living in suburban Detroit 
and writing for the New York Times. John 
recently published a series on organized crime. 
Recently, John joined Mike Rolfes and others 
for a reunion in Las Vegas. • Bob Sauro 
practices law and lives in Atlanta with his wife, 
Paula. • Chris DiSipio was named managing 
director at Chubb Corp. in NJ. He recently spoke 
at Lloyd's of London on "Managing Terrorism 
Risk." • Claudette Dufour Forczyk sends 
greetings from Laurel, MD. Claudette and her 
husband, Robert, celebrated the birth of their 
third child, Erik Dmitri, born October 18, 2002, 
and weighing 10 lbs., 6 oz. Claudette writes she 
enjoyed her maternity leave from Georgetown 
University Hospital and being a full-time mom 
at home. The baby was baptized last December 
8 at Saint Mary of the Mills Church. Family and 
friends enjoyed the celebration. Claudette's 
daughter, Klarysa, is six and in the first grade at 
Saint Mary's School. She enjoys Brownie Girl 
Scouts, playing piano, swimming and ice 
skating. Son Andrei is four and a half and 
attends preschool three times a week at 
Resurrection Catholic School. Andrei also 
enjoys swimming and is eager to try skating. 
Claudette writes that Robert continues to work 
as a consultant and just passed the 11-year mark 
at Booz Allen Hamilton. Robert returned to the 
colors last September, as a lieutenant colonel in 
the U.S. Army Reserve, and is teaching 
command and general staff at Fort Derrick 
one weekend per month. For relaxation, he 
continues to read extensively in history and 
biography; he also enjoys painting toy soldiers 
and writing online book reviews for • Kate Murray has been elected 
NY assemblywoman for the 19th District and 
the town clerk of the Township of Hempstead in 
Nassau County, Long Island, NY. Last January, 
Kate was named presiding supervisor of the 
town of , Hempstead. Kate is a lifelong resident 
of Levittown and is the first woman to be named 
the chief executive of the Township of 
Hempstead. Prior to serving in the assembly, 
Kate, who is a lawyer, served as an assistant 
attorney general and was the deputy section 
chief of the Criminal Justice Section, while 
the assembly, she chaired the 


Task Force on Education Standards. Kate's 
family, including her dad, Norman ('50), her 
sister Anne ('89), also a lawyer, are proud of 
her accomplishments. 

Barbara Ward Wilson 

8 Via Capistrano 

Tiburon, CA 94920 

Earlier this year, Mike Glynn, Tom Burke, 
Armand Doucette, Mikey Brennan '86 and his 
brother John met in Las Vegas to celebrate 
Mikey's fortieth birthday. They were there 
for three days, and, as they say in the 
commercials — what happens in Vegas stays in 
Vegas! Needless to say, they had a great time. 


Some things/people just do not change! Their 
families even took them back after the trip! The 
trip was so good they decided they need to make 
it a biannual event; they agreed they could not 
do it annually for reasons not mentioned! Tom 
"Burkie" Burke is still in Los Angeles. He is 
presently working on a new show, Skins, which 
was picked up by Fox for this season. He is 
living large and embracing the CA lifestyle! 
Burkie still made it back to Boston for the 
fiftieth reunion for swan-boat drivers last fall in 
Newton. (Burkie drove swan boats while in 
college to help fund his BC lifestyle.) He often 
meets Rob Harkins and Don Stewart (and 
sometimes Ken and Wendy Roos from San 
Diego) for drinks at the Beach in L.A. • Drinks at 
the beach certainly sounds nice in comparison 
to the wet East Coast spring weather this year. 
Mikey Brennan is living in Scituate with his 
wife, Suzanne ('84), and their three boys, 
Thomas, 2, Patrick, 4, and Matthew, 6. Mikey is 
the entertainment director and idea guy. 
Armand Doucette is living in Newburyport with 
his wife, Cal, their son, Sean, 4, and 
daughter, Anna, 1. Armand is working at MIT's 
Sloan School of Management as associate 
director of IT. Mike Glynn is still in MD. He is 
an assistant state's attorney in Prince George's 
County. Mike and his wife are extremely busy 
with their kids, Mary and Mikey (the fourth!), 
ages 9 and 7, who are very active in Irish 
dancing, competitive soccer, baseball and 
football. • Gail Schrimmer and David Little 
announce the April 3, 2003, birth of their 
daughter, Bonnie Schrimmer Little. She joins 
her 2-year-old brother, Myles. Gail will continue 
her Chatham and Short Hill, NJ, private 
practices in clinical psychology, and David will 
continue to make chocolate. • Pam Risio Ferraro 
and her husband, Vinny, are thrilled to 
announce the birth of a son, Victor, who with his 
big sister, Sophia, makes their family complete. 
• Eileen Goerss Thornberry and her family 
moved to GA (in an Atlanta suburb somewhere) 
in late 2002, just as Lisa Hartunian Campbell 
left GA and relocated to San Francisco. Shelly 
Barillo McGillivray and Dan McGillivray also 
moved to CA, and the former roommates have 
gotten together a few times! • Dave Smalley and 
his wife, Caroline, are pleased to announce the 
arrival of their son Griffin Strummer Smalley, 
who was born on May 17, 2003. He is their 
second son and fourth child, joining Madeline, 
8, Abigail, 6, and Colter, 2. Dave has finished up 
his second year as youth editor at the Free 
Lance-Star in VA, and he is still doing summer 
tours with his band, Down by Law. DBL just 
released its seventh album, called Windward 
Tides and Wayward Sails. Dave's wife, Caroline, 
is a graphic artist, whose current projects 
include being the art director for a very popular 
statewide parenting magazine. • In April 2003, 
Brian Hefele returned to the Heights after 18 
years. Brian participated in the 107th running of 
the Boston Marathon, something he always 
wanted to do in college, but he was too busy 
enjoying the festivities on the other side of the 
ropes. Brian bumped into our famous classmate 
Doug Flutie along the way. Brian has been 
enjoying life in the Pacific Northwest while 
working for Merrill Lynch over the past eight 
years. Brian sends a hello to all his former 
classmates. • Bill and Mary Beth (Brobson) 
Gately had their third child, Matthew Thomas, 
on April 7, 2003. He joined his older brother, 

Will, 4, and sister, Elizabeth, 2. Mary Beth works 
at the law firm Piper Rudnick LLP as a 
commercial litigation partner. • It really sounds 
like Mary Mahoney's wedding was a blast. Cindy 
Hockenhull McCahill also attended along with 
her husband, Kevin McCahill '80. Kevin and 
Cindy live in Overland Park, KS. They moved 
there in late 2002 from Seattle. They have three 
children, Matthew, 6, Jack, 4, and Julia, 1. Kevin 
works for GE at Employers Reinsurance Corp. 
in Overland Park, and Cindy is at home with the 
kids, having "retired" from CIBC Oppenheimer 
in NYC in 1999. Carolyn (McCahill) McKigney 
was also at Mary's wedding with her husband, 
Bryan. Cal lives in Pleasantville, NY, and has 
three children, Sean, 10, Jillian, 9, and Kevin, 7. 

Karen Broughton Boyarsky 

205 Adirondack Drive 

East Greenwich, Rl 02818 

Thanks to all of you who got in touch with me 
recently, I have lots of news to report! All of our 
best wishes and congratulations to my 
roommate, Karen Lynch, on her recent 
marriage. Karen and her husband, Paul, had a 
beautiful wedding on Memorial Day weekend 
on Long Island. They are now living on Long 
Island, where Karen is an attorney and Paul is in 
pharmaceutical sales. Many BC friends were 
there to celebrate. Kathy Parks Hoffman and 
Maureen Connaughton Apap were in from 
Bloomfield Hills, MI, where they both live. 
Kathy and Steve have three children, and Kathy 
is enrolled in the physician's assistant master's 
program at Mercy College, University of Detroit. 
Steve is with EMC Corp. Paul and Maureen 
have three kids, and Maureen is the 
coordinator for her parish's preschool religious 
education program. Donna Alcott Riordan was 
also with us for the festivities. She lives in 
Marshfield with her husband, Jack, and two 
sons, Jack and Colin. Donna is an attorney with 
the Plymouth County DA's office. Karen Meyers 
Nelligan was down from Albany, NY, where she 
is the Fox News anchorwoman. Mary Lou Burke 
Afonso flew in from Boston, leaving little 
Caroline with dad, Paul Afonso. Mary Lou is the 
VP, northeast region, for Bright Horizons Day 
Care Centers. It was wonderful to visit with 
Michael Grant, who was also at the wedding. He 
is the senior VP, sales and marketing, for USI 
Insurance in NYC. He divides his time between 
Manhasset, NY, and Southampton. We also had 
lots of time over the weekend to visit with other 
BC friends. I loved catching up with Jeanne 
Sprano Gambino, who lives in NJ with her 
husband, Greg, and two sons. Many thanks to 
Pete Caride and his wonderful wife, Diana ('89), 
who gave us the grand tour of Manhattan! Pete 
is a gastroenterologist with two offices in NJ. 
Diana and Pete have two kids, Sofia and Peter, 
and they live in Wycoff, NJ. Roberto "Gonzo" 
Gonzales and his wife, Valerie, were lots of fun 
to see. They live in Scarsdale, NY Gonzo is a 
dentist with offices in NJ and Manhattan. They 
have two children, Corina and Max. Gonzo is the 
godfather to one of Billy Bishop's three kids. 
Billy and Allison live in New Rochelle with twin 
girls and a son, Billy, Jr. Billy owns three bars in 
NYC. Every best wish goes out to Steve Araujo 
and his wife, Chrissy, who live in Cortland 
Manor, NY, with their children, Courtney, Julia 
and Tyler (better known as Duke). Steve is in 

software sales. I loved seeing Soraya Assefi Rice, 
who is living in Chappaqua, NY, with her hus- 
band and two kids, Connor and Jenna. Nick 
DeMarco is married to Elaine Pussard '87 and is 
an entrepreneur living in Berkley Heights, NJ. 
The DeMarcos have three kids, Michael, Nicole 
and Samantha. Peter Caride is the godfather to 
one of Mike O'Mara's three kids! Mike and his 
wife, Angie '87, live in London, England, where 
Mike runs a hedge fund. Thanks again, to ah 
who made the weekend so wonderful! • I heard 
from John Donnelly, an attorney who recently 
moved to London, England, with Charles Lee. 
I also had the pleasure of hearing from Anne 
Mackin, who was called back to active duty in 
January and served with the Combined Joint 
Task Force in Afghanistan. Anne is the chief 
logistics planner for the task force. She left 
behind her husband and two daughters, 
Caitlyne, 7 months, and Ashleigh, 4. Anne and 
her husband live in Bel Air, MD. Anne spent 
almost ten years in active duty, serving in 
Germany, TX and MD. She then entered the 
civilian world, worked in software systems 
engineering and received a master's degree in 
1996 from Central Michigan University. Before 
being called up in January, she was working in 
Baltimore at ProObject, Inc., and worked 
extensively with the Dept. of Defense, theNSA 
and Defense Security Services. Anne, all of our 
prayers are with you as serve our country. Anne 
reports that Susan Dwyer Rahall is the VP of a 
medical technology firm and works in her 
spare time for BC football and basketball 
(men's and women's) as the primary stats 
keeper! She also let us know that Mary Bowker 
is a teacher in WY. I really enjoyed hearing from 
you, Anne, and would love to get updates 
periodically about how you are. Thanks to all 
who got in touch! Have a wonderful fall, and 
remember me on your Christmas card list! 


Catherine Stanton Rooney 

8 Ellsworth St. 

Braintree, MA 02184 

catheri ne87 @ 

Hi! I hope that you are all well and have enjoyed 
a great summer. The football schedule for this 
year is great, especially with Notre Dame playing 
at BC, so I hope that you'll have a chance to 
catch a game. I heard from a few people in the 
past few months, and here's what they have to 
share. • Susan Shea Dvonch writes that she had 
a mini BC reunion in the High Sierras in 
mid-March with her dear friend Lisa Clarey 
Lawler '86, and her four-year BC roommate, 
Ingrid Van Zon Borwick. Lisa and her husband, 
Bruce, hosted Sue and her husband, Jeff, at their 
Kirkwood home for the weekend, and they were 
fortunate to have been able to time it with 
Ingrid's visit to her mom's Kirkwood home. 
Joining "Ingy" were her husband, John, and 
sons, Jackson, 8, and Hunter, 5, all hot-dog 
skiers! Ingrid and her family now live in 
Madison, WI, and Ingrid, who has her J.D., 
works as a career counselor in the University of 
Wisconsin Law School. Sue also recendy heard 
from John Drew, who lives in Chelmsford with 
his wife, Lori, and 2-year-old son, Nicholas. John 
is working for Babcock Power in Worcester as a 
software trainer. Justin McCarthy recently 
started his own international marketing 
fulfillment firm in Long Beach, CA. His work 
has taken him on multiple occasions to find his 
McCarthy roots in Ireland! Justin, his wife, 
Bonnie, and sons, Dylan, 5, and Ethan, 2, live in 23 

Long Beach, and Sue and her family see them 
often. Thanks, Sue, for the updates! • Susie 
McAleavy Sarlund writes that on October 15, 
2002, she and her husband, Chas, welcomed a 
baby girl, Meghan Elizabeth. They recently 
moved back from MI to NJ, where she's staying 
at home with the baby and totally enjoying it. 
Lieutenant colonel Paul De Luca was activated 
on January 15, 2003, and belongs to the Mag-42 
Headquarters at NAS Dobbins, Atlanta ,GA, as a 
reserve operations officer. He is now serving 
with the Third Marine Air Wing, Marine Tactical 
Air Command Center, in Kuwait and is 
responsible for targeting and close air support of 
the ground forces in Iraq. He has been serving 
as a Harrier pilot, and prior to being activated, 
he was employed by Delta Air Lines as a flight 
instructor and a first officer on the MD-88 
aircraft. He is married to the former Lisa 
DeLach and makes his home in Fayetteville, GA, 
with his two children, Joseph and Jessica. 

• Patience Hailey Shutts and her husband, Tony, 
are the busy parents of three young children, 
Natalie, 5, Jeremy, 3, and Andrew, 1. They have 
lived in Laguna Beach since 1996, where she is 
a full-time mother and would love to hear from 
any other Eagles in her neck of the woods. • Cara 
Francesconi Harding and her husband, Don, 
live in Barnstable and have a 4-year-old son, 
Devon. In addition to taking care of Devon, she 
practices law on a part-time basis. She'd love to 
hear from some of her college friends. • Joe 
Walter is still living in Waltham and is currently 
dividing his time between his new job as the 
executive vice president, supply management 
and athlete hydration, for the Boston Athletic 
Association and his fledgling kitchen- 
remodeling business. Joe would love to hear 
from any classmates to catch up on old times at • Colleen McFadden Jason 
wrote that she is still living in MN with her 
husband and two children and is a stay-at-home 
mom. She's been busy running marathons, 
having just finished her tenth! She also added 
these updates: Margaret Blood Chinn and her 
husband, Bert, adopted a little girl, Helen 
Bernadette, in April. They are living in 
Westfield, NJ. Kristin Duff Schlageter, her 
husband, Bill ('90), and their three children 
moved to France last August for two years. 

• Chris O'Reilly and his family are moving in 
July to Chris's childhood home in Andover. Jane 
Trombley has completed three marathons, her 
latest being Boston this past spring. She and 
Colleen are planning on running the Chicago 
marathon together this October. Thanks, 
Colleen! • That's all for now. Thanks to everyone 
who took the time to write, and for those who 
didn't, please consider e-mailing me a quick 
update. Have a great fall! 

Laura Cermak Ksenak 

54 Kendal Ave. 

Maplewood, NJ 07040 

Cheryl Williams Kalantzakos 

10 Devonshire Place 

Andover, MA 01810 


I would like to thank everyone who wrote in this 
time. Unlike the last few columns, we have a lot 
of news to report in this issue. If anyone sent me 
an update before June 1 and does not see it in 
this column, please send it again. I have 

upgraded my computer and hope I didn't lose 
anything in the interim. • Rebecca Rooney is 
currently living in Austin, TX, where she works 
as a freelance writer and marketing-strategy 
consultant. • Mufty Pendergast and her para- 
mour, Frank Bruckmann, welcomed sweet 
Marjorie "Jorgie" Francis Bruckmann on April 
14, 2003, into their family of four, anchored by 
the spectacular two-and-a-half-year-old Arlo. 
Living in New Haven, CT, Muffy and Frank 
spend a lot of time traveling in their VW camper, 
painting landscapes and showing their work in 
art exhibitions. Contact them and view current 
paintings at 
mann/. • John Shay just started a new job as city 
manager for the city of Ludington, MI, which is 
a beautiful town on the shores of Lake 
Michigan. John and his wife, Carla, have two 
children, Bethany, 4, and Evan, 15 months. 

• Charlie Susi is proud to announce that he has 
left his Wall Street career as SVP at Instinet 
Corp. after 14 years and has launched an 
online gourmet gift business based in NYC. 
You can check out his Web site at • Linda Robayo 
opened her own law firm in North Bergen, NJ, 
in November 2002. The firm specializes in 
family and real estate law. Linda recently had 
dinner with Paulo Pacheco and Rosemarie 
Stabile in Manhattan to send off Andrea 
Soccorso, who moved with her husband to 
Italy. • Sandy Torrens has been married to 
Antonio "Ate" Sifre since December 28, 1991. 
They have two children, Antonio, 9, and Sofia, 7. 
Ate is a corporate lawyer and now practices in 
his own law firm. Sandy was working as a 
clinical psychologist but is now an aerobic, 
kickboxing, spinning and Resist-A-Ball 
instructor and personal trainer. She would love 
to hear from Kristen Kenney, Sue Kelley, Diane 
Kmak, Brenda Sheridan and Kate Kieran. 

• Russ Kenn and Michelle Coulon Kenn are 
living in her hometown of Hingham and will 
celebrate their sixth wedding anniversary in July. 
They have two children, Amanda, 3, and Drew, 
9 months. Russ works at WBZ-4/UPN38-TV in 
Boston as executive producer of Red Sox 
programming, and Michelle has a pet-sitting 
business in Hingham. • In May, Jim Mclntyre 
graduated with a Ph.D. in public policy from 
UMass, Boston. For the past several years, Jim 
has served as the budget director for the Boston 
Public Schools. He and his wife, Michelle, live 
with their two sons, James, 3, and Ryan, 1, in 
Boston. • Lisa Scalcione Dreitlein and her 
husband, Kace, had their first child, Mira Rose, 
on December 17, 2002. Lisa, who is currently 
staying at home with Mira, was formerly an 
assistant district attorney for Suffolk County. 
They are living in Watertown. • In September 

2001, Heather Guerriero Dans married Shane 
Dans of London, Ontario. Kathleen Coyte 
Manley and Kim Dolce Doyle were proud 
bridesmaids. Heather is an account manager at 
Crest Uniform in Norwell and is still a huge BC 
men's hockey fan. She can be seen at most 
home games with pretzel in hand. Other BC 
alums who attended the wedding were Phil 
Devine '90, Joe Mega '90, Michelle Carlow and 
Yvonne Encamacao Blacker. John Farrell '90 
was dearly missed! Heather and Shane joyfully 
welcomed their baby girl, Olivia, in December 

2002. Olivia will be an Eagle in 2020! Class of 
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the celebration as Kathleen Coyte married 
Michael Manley in South Weymouth on the day 
that is also the anniversary of both sets of their 
parents. Friends and relatives traveled from afar, 
including Michele McGillivray '85, who now 
lives in CA. Kathy and Michael met up with 
Amy Sullivan Thomson and her husband, Tim, 
one evening during their honeymoon. Amy and 
Tim live in Pittsfield. Kathy is a critical-care 
clinical nurse specialist and nurse educator 
in Tampa, FL. 

Kara Corso Nelson 

67 Sea Island 

Glastonbury, CT 06033 


Colleen Driscoll married Sean O'Leary on 
March 22 at Saint Ignatius, with a lovely 
reception at the BC Club afterwards. In 
attendance were Rita Rodin, Mike "The Coach" 
Kavney, Minnie Tse, Nick Husni and me. Mike 
Kavney still lives in the Minneapple but is 
looking to move back East within the airline 
industry. Minnie and Nick have a son, Jared, 
born April 2002. They are both medical 
residents, living in Cambridge. • Brenda Hustis 
Gotanda and her husband, John, recently 
welcomed home their first child! They adopted a 
baby boy from South Korea. His name is 
William Kaeul Gotanda. Brenda will soon return 
to the practice of environmental law with 
Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox, where she is a 
partner. • Patrice (Lombardo) Riela and her 
husband, Joe, announce the arrival of their 
daughter, Abigail Concetta Riela. Abigail was 
born January 1, 2003, and was welcomed home 
by her older brothers, Ben, 3, and Tommy, 2. 
Patrice and her family live in Westborough, 
having returned to Boston several years ago after 
a five-year stint in Manhattan. Besides being a 
mom, Patrice is a CPA and works in the field of 
business appraisal for Delphi Valuation 
Advisors, Inc. Patrice would love to hear from 
any BC friends at • Deirdre 
(Curry) Mewborn and her husband, Rick, 
welcomed their son, Tommy, into the world on 
February 8. He joins his big sister, Reilly; the 
Mewborn family lives in CO. • BJ Gerace reports 
that Jon Gieselman, who is married with two 
children in FL, was diagnosed with chronic 
myeloid leukemia and will most likely need a 
bone marrow transplant in the future. A bone 
marrow donation drive was held in June to 
encourage people to register in the national 





database of potential donors known as the 
National Marrow Donor Program. Please keep 
Jon and his family in your prayers. • Stephen 
Hudson and his wife, Allison, had Connor 
James last year; he recently celebrated his 
first birthday! Stephen works for Fidelity 
Investments in Charlotte, NC, and received an 
M.B.A. from Wake Forest University. Stephen 
attended the official debut of the BC Club of 
Charlotte. • Marie Harrer and Carl Loesch 
welcomed their second son, Michael, last July. 
He joins his big brother, Conner, 3. Leila 
Nimatallah and her husband, John Hill, just had 
their second son as well. Jamie Ryan weighed in 
at 7 lbs., 10 oz. He joins his big brother, Matt, 
who is 3. Tammi Trovato Noe and her husband, 
Jeff, now have two beautiful girls, Mackenzie 
and Samantha. They live in Bakersfield, CA, 
where they see Amy (McMurtrey) Hurst, her 
husband, Dave, and their two children, Hannah, 
2, and Griffin, 2 months. Tim and Elizabeth 
Gross Farrell were thrilled to welcome Mara 
Julianna on January 29, 2003. She joins her 
four-and-a-half-year-old big brother, Declan. 

• Jon-Paul Correira graduated from BC Law in 
1993 and is currently employed in Providence, 
RI, as a special agent with the U.S. Department 
of Health & Human Services, Office of the 
Inspector General, where he mainly investigates 
Medicare fraud and deadbeat parents. Jon-Paul 
and his wife, Tracy, have a two-year-old daughter 
named Olivia Lee. They reside in Raynham. 

• Helen (Revis) Connor '97, and Brian Connor 
announce the birth of their daughter, Olivia 
Angela, who was born on April 8 in Boston. She 
weighed 8 lbs., 1 oz. • Dennis A. Finkel and his 
wife have had a busy year. In addition to 
Jacqueline Rose, 9, and Lindsey Marie, 6, came 
the trifecta, Lelia Kathleen, on January 31, 2003. 
They also moved from Melrose to Webster, 
where Dennis is currently general manager at 
the Central Massachusetts Auto Auction. 

• Maura Dobbins Payne and Michael have two 
girls, Erin, 2, and Ally, born January 20, 2003. 
They live in Needham, as do Cathy Burke 
Kenney, her husband, Bill, and their three kids, 
Hanna, 5, Tricia, 3, and Pierce, 2. Louise "Lulu" 
Kermond Coakly and her husband, Paul, live in 
Winchester and have Billy, 1, and baby Mary 
Lou, born December 2002. Ellen Donahoe 
Ferriera and her husband, Joe, also live in 
Winchester and have Scott, 3, and Karina, 1. 

• Carolyn O'Brien McCann and her husband, 
Mike, just renovated a home in Hingham; 
Carolyn works for Merck Pharmaceuticals. 
Chris McGinn married Dan McGlaughlin '87 
on May 31 on the water in Warwick, RI, and 
Katie Arrends Kennedy, Renee Massett Murphy, 
Lulu Kermond Coakley, Ellen Donahoe Ferriera 
and Maura Dobbins Payne were bridesmaids. In 
attendance were Carolyn O'Brien McCann, 
Cathy Burke Kenney, Sara Molumphey Barrows, 
Cristine Kelly Thomson, Sue Griffin Flaherty 
and Tim Flaherty '87, Kim and Meade Reynolds 
'88, Courtney and Joe Peters '88, Alison Moser 
Birmingham, and Katie and Geoff Mackey. 
Katite and Geoff have four kids and live in WI. 
Renee Massett and Gary live in Greenwich, CT, 
where they are golf pros and have two children, 
Emily, 3, and Garrett, 2. Chrissy Buckland and 
her husband, Pete, have two kids. Katie Arrends 
Kennedy and Brian have three children, 
Brendan, James and baby Claire, born May 
2003. • Frank Doogan wrote, "Please extend to 
all my classmates congratulations regarding 

weddings, engagements and births. It is hard to 
believe that it has been 13 years. It really seems 
like it was only yesterday when we were all at 
BC. But just like campus, everything changes in 

Peggy Morin Bruno 

2 High Hill Rd. 

Canton, CT 06019 

I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer! 
Enjoy, and write in about your summer 
adventures! Please note the change in my e-mail 
address. If for some reason you don't see your 
news in this article, please feel free to forward it 
to me again. E-mail is being forwarded, but you 
never know! • Kristi Montei Coleman and her 
husband, Kevin, welcomed their son Steven 
Patrick on March 7. He joins his big brother, 
Michael, who is 4. The Colemans are enjoying 
life on Lake Gaston in Littleton, NC. 

• Congratulations to Edward Fanning, Jr., who 
was named a partner in the firm McCarter and 
English, LLP, in Newark, NJ. • Congratulations 
to Debra (East) and James Villani on the birth of 
their first daughter, Heather Alessandra, on 
November 10, 2002. The Villanis live in 
Hopkinton and are both employed by EMC 
Corp. James is a senior program manager for 
EMC's Global Solutions Group, and Debra is a 
manager of sales planning for Global Sales 
Operations. • A special thanks to Julia Covino 
for writing in about the following classmates! 
Congratulations to Angela Siraco Menke and 
her husband, Martin, on the arrival of Christina 
and Matthias in April. They join their big sister, 
Sophia, who is now 2 years old. Congratulations 
to Lisa Dimidgian Dimeo and her husband, 
Anthony, on the birth of their son, Daniel 
Enrico. Phil Grondin is now living in Portland, 
ME, and has just purchased his third house. 
John DiBartolo is living in NYC and purchased 
his first apartment last spring. Cynthia Heaney 
is an attorney working and living in NJ. 
Congratulations to Scott Waggoner, who 
graduated with an M.B.A. from Columbia 
University. He is living and working in NYC. 

• The deadline for the next class notes is 
September 8, so get those notes in! 

Paul L. Cantello 

The Gotham 

255 Warren St., No. 813 

Jersey City, NJ 07302 

Shannon (Kilkenny) Holland, her husband, 
Chris, and son Michael, 3, welcomed a new 
addition, Timothy, on August 22, 2002. The 
family still lives in NJ, and Shannon is working 
as a pediatric nurse practitioner in pediatric 
hematology/oncology. • Katie and Chris Gildea 
had their first child, Gabriella Katherine, on 
January 27, 2003. She is a beautiful baby and a 
real blessing to her parents! • Jill Perry, director 
of the Cronin International Center at Bentley 
College, spent three weeks in Germany this 
spring on a Fulbright Scholar Program. • Karen 
O'Malley was elected partner at Goulston & 
Storrs. Karen's practice includes all aspects of 
commercial real estate law. She represents 
institutions, developers, real estate investment 
trusts, governmental agencies and nonprofits. 
Goulston & Storrs is an international law firm 
with 165 attorneys in offices in Boston, 
Washington, DC, and London. • Inquiring 
classmates would like to know what you have 
been up to. Send me a quick e-mail at, and I will include 
an update on you in the next column. Enjoy 
your summer! 

We hope you all enjoyed the tenth reunion and 
were able to catch up with old friends and see 
familiar faces! I'm sure there is plenty of 
interesting news to share, so please do write, say 
hello and let us know what you've been up to! 

• Jennifer (Ference) Pacheco has been teaching 
kindergarten for nine years in CT and loves it. 
She married Michael E. Pacheco on August 1, 
1997. For Christmas in 1999 they received a 
lovely gift of moving into their newly built home 
in Stonington, CT. In March 2000, their son, 
Travis Anthony, was born. Jennifer is still very 
close to her senior roommates and friends 
(Nona McAteer, Lauren Jones, Nichole Liberati 
and Kate McGlaughlin) but unfortunately 
couldn't attend the reunion; she passes on lots 
of hugs and hellos! • Jennifer Lodowsky Buyak 
and her husband, Jeff, had a healthy baby boy on 
March 6. Jeffrey Robert, Jr,. weighed 8 lbs., 10 
oz., and was 21 inches long. The Buyak family 
currently lives in Walpole. • Dilip Paliath had 
been a prosecutor for four years before running 
for the State House of Delegates. Although he 
did not secure a position, he did well enough to 
catch the eye of the future governor. Now Dilip 
is a legislative officer serving as a lobbyist for the 
governor. • Ryan Hargreaves is in Miami with 
his wife, where they have a successful optometry 
practice (they are both optometrists). • Paul Le 
Gendre is in Copenhagen, and we hope he 
writes in to tell us what he's up to out there! 

• Gina (Suppelsa) Story had a beautiful baby 
daughter, Kaitlin Louise Story, on May 20. She 
weighed 7 lbs., 15 oz., with an unbelievable head 
of hair that could have put her in the Guinness 
book! • As for me, I moved to NYC in June for a 
new job at Grey Worldwide in account service. 
So, for those BC New Yorkers, please drop me 
an e-mail to say hello — I would love to hear from 
you! But more importantly, for our entire class, 
send me any bits of interesting news, 
anecdotes ... whatever ... to be included in the 
next publication! Hope to hear from you soon. 

Nancy E. Drane 

345 Buckland Hills Drive, Apt. 3321 

Manchester, CT 06040 



Hello, everyone. Welcome to the newest edition 
of our class notes. I was pleased to see that 
we outdid ourselves with the number of 
submissions last time. Thank you for all of your 
notes! Here we go ... Erin (Fracassa) Taylor and 
her husband, Jeff, live in Warwick, RI, and are 
expecting their first child. Erin is an elementary 
special-education teacher in Warwick, which is 
also her hometown. • Maura (Slayne) Ryan and 
her husband, Keith, welcomed a daughter, Clare 
Elizabeth, to their family on February n, 2003. 
Clare joins her older brother, Justin, who is 2 
years old. • Jennifer Azzara and her husband, 
Jake Murray, have a new addition to announce. 
Their son, Benjamin Michael, was born in July 
2002. • Amy (Hutchins) Preveza and her 
husband, Craig, of Hopkinton, are thrilled to 
announce the birth of their second child, Celia 25 


Mae, who was born in February 2003 at 9 lbs., 
11 oz. Her big sister, Natalie Jane, will be 2 in 
September. • Kerri Anglin is the new 
copresident of the Boston College Club of 
Northern California. She was previously the 
secretary. She has lived in San Francisco for six 
years and made lots of BC friends there. 

• Amanda (Koenig) Stone married Andrew 
Stone on October 9, 2002, in Maui, HI. The cer- 
emony took place on a bluff overlooking the 
Pacific Ocean with 30 friends and family in 
attendance. Amanda and Andrew then spent a 
week honeymooning in Kauai, HI, before 
returning to their home on the Upper West Side 
of NYC. • Tim and Tracy (Donohue) Hunt of 
Ridgefield, CT, welcomed a baby boy, Connor, to 
their family in February. He joins his sister, 
Sara, who is 2. • All you Bostonian groupies take 
notice — Tom Leyden is off the market. Tom was 
married to Nicole Pezzola on May 10 in 
Mamaroneck, NY. Tom met Nicole when he 
worked at the NHL in NYC. Fellow Bostonian 
Tom Luzarraga was the best man, and many old 
Bostonians sang at the wedding. Tom is 
currently a sports anchor at WFMZ-TV in 
Allentown, PA. Tom and Nicole plan to live in 
NJ, as Nicole works for the Food Network in 
NYC. • Jeremy Ball just received his Ph.D. in 
African history from UCLA, after having 
received his MA. from Yale in 1998. Jeremy will 
be a professor at Whitman College in WA 
beginning next fall. • How is this for brotherly 
love? Susan (Butare) Brown and her 
husband, Eric, were married in July 2002 in a 
double wedding with Eric's brother. They 
honeymooned in HI, the big island, and Maui. 
Eric, who is originally from Brooklyn, met Suzy 
in Tucson, AZ. Suzy reports that she and Eric 
have plans to start a family soon, but in the 
meantime, their orange tabby, Leo, and tuxedo 
cat, Prince, are their "boys" at home in Tucson. 

• That's all for this time around. Keep those 
notes coming, and start gearing up for our tenth 
(gulp) reunion! 

David S. Shapiro 

70 Hatch St. 

New Britain, CT 06053 

I am happy to report the goings-on of your 
classmates and tell you of all their exciting news 
... but what about you? The last two columns 
have gone empty due to a lack of information. 
My address, e-mail and telephone information 
are above! Make a call, type a message or write a 
letter. I'm sure there are people who miss 
hearing about you! • Nina Jo Goodwin was born 
to Steve and Joli (Gatzen) Goodwin on 
Valentine's Day! She weighed 7 lbs., 13 oz., and 
is doing great. The Goodwins are living in 
Suffield, CT. • Charles Hurst recently dropped 
me an e-mail. He's been teaching elementary 
school in PA for the last three years as he works 
toward his PA principal certification. Just 
recently, Charles was named Pennsylvania State 
Nutrition Educator of the Year by the 
Pennsylvania School Food Service Association. 
Charles's e-mail is Drop 
him a line to congratulate him. Great job, 
Charles! • I received an update from Francesco 
Galli Zugaro ( He and his 
wife, Birgit Brown, have been married five years 
and have two children, Daria, 2, and Massimo, 1. 
They are currently living in Quito, Ecuador. 
• Steve Riden J.D. '99 is an associate at the law 


firm Epstein Becker & Green in Boston. 
He's been keeping true to cum personalis by 
acting as the president of a local nonprofit called 
the GIFT Foundation. You can see some of 
Steve's work at You 
can also e-mail him at 

• Jennifer Johnston married Bill Cocks in June at 
Georgetown Presbyterian Church in DC. 
Jen Loach was maid of honor, and Amy 
Waananen, Karen (Long) Larkin and Cristina 
Catenza '91 attended. Apparently, the pair was 
set up by Michael Melito, who read at the 
wedding. Also in attendance were Sue (Rogers) 
Reimer, Glen Larkin and Lashon Rhodes. Jenn 
is the director of marketing for FolioFN, Inc., an 
online brokerage firm. • Kevin McCarthy also 
updated me (finally). He married Susan Carrol 
in July in Cambridge. After honeymooning in 
Australia, they returned to make their home 
together in Somerville. Kevin is playing bass in 
a band called Gun Metal Gray and is working on 
material for a solo project. We'll be watching for 
you at the Grammys, Kevin! In attendance at the 
wedding was a whole list of memories: Jim 
McCarthy '90, best man; Brian Beaverstock, 
groomsman; Athena Rodriguez '96, brides- 
maid; Kathleen McCarthy '96, bridesmaid; 
Derek Scanlon; Jay Robinson; Elaine Donnelly; 
Christian Bordick; Kate (Hagen) Halpin; Jean 
(Serra) Connolly; John Daley '96; Pamela 
Heffernan '96; Rob Ragasa '96; Alex 
Charalaimbides '96; Barbara Restaino '97; Jon 
Erario '98; Brad Donahue '98; Bob Burkhart 
'99; Rob Rioseco '87; Susan Bernstein M.S.W. 
'97. Whew. Also, Father Jim LaFontaine, who is 
currently at Saint Ignatius, gave the blessing at 
the reception. • On August 25, 2002, Michael 
Joseph Susann was born to Steve and Diana 
(Bannan) Susann. Steve continues to serve our 
country as an officer in the U.S. Army. 
Unfortunately, Steve wasn't able to make it 
home for the birth since he was deployed at the 
time. They currently live in Colorado Springs. 

• Patrick Devine announced the formation of his 
new law firm Gill, Devine & White, PC, with 
offices in Braintree, Boston and Hyannis. His 
practice is in real estate, commercial litigation 
and corporate law. He and his wife, Melissa, live 
with their son, Shea, in Walpole. • Keith 
McCluskey recently completed his master's 
degree in architecture from MIT and has started 
working at MIT in their Open Course Ware 
program ( • Fill me in! 

Mike Hofman 

220 Hanover St. 

Apt. 2 

Boston, MA 02113 

So I show up for a softball game recently, 
and who should be playing right field for the 
opposing team (The Shirtless Dougs) but Travis 
Stewart. It's not really clear that Travis knew he 
was going to play, however, because he was 
wearing khakis, a white, v-neck t-shirt and 
sneakers. Anyway, my team won the nail-biter 
15-14, and I had the pleasure of tagging Travis 
out at third. We caught up a bit after the game, 
and he says he's working in sales for the Golf 
Channel in Boston. • Daphne Smith married 
Matt Gaudette this past April in Atlanta. The 
wedding party included Mariessa Longo, Molly 
(Thillman) Smith (Daphne's sister-in-law and 
one-time Edmonds roommate) and Sam Smith 
(Molly's husband and Daphne's brother). 

Guests included Rachel Clough and Scott 
Freeman; Crissy Callaghan and Andrew 
Fellingham; Kerri (Gallagher) Griggs and her 
husband, Jim; Julie (Allen) Holbrook and her 
husband, Josh; John Boyt; Loretta Shing; 
Suzanne Geden; John Dempsey; Megan Storz; 
and me. The most memorable entrance was 
made by Jim Roth, who showed up to the 
outdoor wedding 15 minutes late, with mud all 
over his suit pants. Oh, Jim. • Kim Galligan 
married Joe Cicala on April 12, 2002, in NJ. 
Caroline Allison was a bridesmaid, and Heather 
(Schofield) Brennan and Dave Dopf were 
readers. Kim writes that her "beautiful and 
healthy honeymoon baby," Kayleigh Elizabeth, 
was born on January 14, 2003. The Cicalas are 
living in NJ. • Sean Lynch married Margaret 
Dodd Buonanno in December 2002 in Newport, 
RI. Groomsmen included Brian Herlihy, Steven 
Migliero and Tim Ryan. Also in attendance were 
Hope (McAndrew) Rupley, Ali Loper and Erinn 
Skeffington ("good friends of Margaret's who 
were instrumental in getting us together," Sean 
writes); Brian Campbell; Scott Tower; Jay 
Zavislak; Matt CampoBasso; Alvin Crocco; 
Jamie Cesarano; Katie El-Hillow and Kelly 
(Ciampi) Wigren. • My neighbor from the Mods 
Lisa Wadlin married Ed Fruscella at Saint 
Ignatius on November 2, 2002. The ceremony 
was performed by Michael McFarland, SJ, who 
taught at BC during our time there but is 
now president of Holy Cross (poor guy). 
Pam Zorn J.D. '98, Stephanie (Schepis) Knight, 
Liz (Gentile) Bonacci and Diane Galiano were 
bridesmaids. BC groomsmen included Mike 
Bianco '97 and Kevin Cronin '97. Rebecca (Cyr) 
Fayed attended with her husband, Ramy Fayed, 
and did a lovely reading. Guests included Paula 
(Sobral) and Rem Pearlman; Nicci (Filiault) 
Gazaille and her husband, Jeff; Frank 
Colagiovanni; Shannon (Bradley) Walent; 
Katie (Mulligan) Huha; Joe Janezic; Scott 
Adams; Cara (Furio) Laudati '98, and her 
husband, Mike; Steve Braid '00; Lisa Lovas '97; 
Sara Hathaway '95; Erin Dionne '97; Bill '95 and 
Bonnie (Kozel) Dougherty '95. Ed and Lisa 
live in the Boston area. She is a financial 
analyst at Fidelity Investments, and Ed 
manages a performance-measurement group at 
RussellMellon Analytical Services. • Lisa writes 
that all of the old roommates are doing very well. 
Nicci and Jeff welcomed a new baby girl into 
their family in December — beautiful Gabrielle 
"Gabby" Napua was born on December 26. 
Diane moved to Houston after graduating from 
Suffolk Law School and is an attorney with 
Customs and Border Protection under the 
Department of Homeland Security. Paula and 
Rem, both law school graduates themselves 


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(Rem is a double Eagle), are living in Newton. 
They will celebrate their seventh wedding 
anniversary this year and are expecting a baby. 
Stephanie married her husband, Jon, two years 
ago on Long Island and is working as an 
oncology nurse at Connecticut Children's 
Medical Center. Rebecca and Ramy settled in the 
DC area after graduating from George 
Washington Law School. They were married at 
Disney's Wedding Pavilion and Grand Floridian 
in October of 2001. • Cheryl Weber married 
Scott Redmond in September of 2001, and she 
writes that they are happily setded in Richmond, 
VA, where Cheryl is employed as an RN in the 
surgical/trauma intensive care unit at the 
Medical College of Virginia. The Redmonds wel- 
comed their first child, Anastasia Scott, on 
November 19, 2002. • Cheryl writes that her 
roommates have "mostly married:" Kara 
Cassesse wed Keith Davis in June 2000, and 
they live near Guilford, CT, where Kara teaches 
high school. Kelley Adams married John 
Sponheimer in June 2001. They live in NJ, and 
Kelley is working on her master's degree in 
education. Kristin Markowski married Daan 
Goedkoop in June 2003. She received her nurse 
practitioner's degree from University of 
Virginia, where she met Daan, and they are 
currently happily settled in Beacon Hill. Sue 
Biggs married her high school sweetheart, Brian 
Poncin, in July 2001, and they are living in 
Denver, CO. Bill Weber married Elizabeth 
Houlihan in October of 2000, and they reside in 
Walpole. Bill works with his dad and younger 
brother in the family's electrical-contracting 
company. They have a daughter, Emily 
Elizabeth, who was born in July 2002. Finally, 
Cheryl writes that Erin Lawler is working for a 
law firm in Cherry Hill, NJ. • BC graduates 
Kristen McClanaghan and Chris Kardos 
are currently living in Brooklyn, NY. Chris 
works for Straticom International, and Kristen 
is a Spanish teacher as well as a graduate 
student at NYU. Kristen also writes that she and 
Chris attended the wedding of Ali Porter and 
Chris Marques last June in ME. Many BC 
alumni attended, among them Maureen Raguso 
(with her husband, Jim, and daughter, Maggie), 
Ingrid Ramos and Susan Reeves. Ali and Chris 
are living in Natick. 

Sabrina M. Bracco 

227 E. 83rd St., No. 3-A 

New York, NY 10021 

Oman L. Walker M.Ed. '02 has been selected as the 
recipient of the 2003 Young Alumni Achievement 
Award. The entire class ofiggy is invited to join in 
honoring his achievements at the award ceremony 
and reception to be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, 
September 25, 200}, at Robsham Theater, Main 
Campus. For more information please visit or call 800-669-8430 
to reserve space at the event. — Editor 

Mistie Psaledas Lucht 

4043 Quentin Ave. 

St. Louis Park, MN 55416 

Thanks to all for attending our five-year 
reunion! I really enjoyed seeing so many of you. 
I hope you all had a great time as well. Most of 
us arrived on Friday night, with long drives, 

delayed planes, missed planes, but somehow we 
all found our way to Citysides, MaryAnn's, the 
Kells and second-floor Walsh. The Saturday 
night party, despite the rain, was fabulous. The 
food, the decorations, the DJ and the class of '98 
made it a very enjoyable and memorable 
evening. Many thanks to the reunion committee 
for planning such a great event! Please continue 
to send me your updates — I have not heard 
from so many of you, and through all the 
conversations I had during our reunion 
weekend I know all of you are doing great 
things. • Kathryn Edison had a summer 
internship with Endeavor, a nonprofit 
organization with operations in Latin America. 
Endeavor promotes private-sector wealth 
creation in developing countries as a means to 
stimulate overall economic growth in the 
region. The firm provides education and 
support services to established local 
entrepreneurs. She worked in Santiago, Chile, at 
a small packaging firm that manufactures and 
sells lids to the food and beverage industries. 
• Barbara Santoro married Neal Kimball on May 
3, 2003. The ceremony was held at Saint 
Ignatius Church. BC friends in attendance were 
Jim Savage, Colleen (O'Brien) Kas, Eva 
Terzopoulos, Carl Ackerman, Mary Au, Alex 
McShane and Hannah Glover. Barbara is 
currently an editor at Longman Publishers in 
NYC. Neal is a consultant for KBACE 
Technologies, an HRMS and financial consult- 
ing firm. • Jason Marcella and Lindsay Hayes 
were married in Concord on January 19, 2003. 
Erin Hayes O'Brien '00 was the maid of honor. 
Rebecca (Slade) MacDonald, Kristin Pugh, 
Jennifer Sheehan and Laura Waterhouse were in 
the wedding party. Other BC 1998 alums in 
attendance were Jason Micks, Melinda Metz, 
Stephanie Galeota, Gretel Twombly, Keri Rourke 
and Bill and Kerianne (Barbour) Maloney. Jason 
and Lindsay live in Alexandria, VA. Jason is the 
senior art director at an advertising agency, and 
Lindsay is finishing up her Ph.D. and working 
as a speechwriter in the U.S. Senate. • Brendon 
Ryan was involved in cheerleading for a few 
years at BC, and after some time in the software 
field he decided it was time to get back to doing 
what he loves, which is performing. He is 
currently appearing in the Boston production of 
Stomp, and he was recently hired for the 
2003-04 season to be an assistant coach for the 
New England Patriots cheerleaders. • Charise 
Rohm has been a legal assistant at Morrison & 
Foerster for the past nine months and is still 
enjoying living in San Francisco, where she has 
been for almost three years. • Alison Curd has 
just finished her first year of business school at 
Kellogg, the business school of Northwestern 
University. She will be spending her summer 
internship at Eli Lilly in corporate finance. At 
the end of the summer, she and five other 
friends led a group of 15 incoming first-year 
business school students on a week-long 
outdoor adventure trip to Costa Rica, where they 
zip-lined through the rain forest and hiked the 
Arenal volcano. • Andrew Reilly married 
another Eagle, Kelley Forbes '99, M.S.W. '00) in 
June 2000, and they currently live in Oak 
Harbor, WA, on Whidbey Island (about 80 
miles north of Seattle). Andrew is in the U.S. 
Navy and currentiy flies EA-6B Prowlers as an 
electronic countermeasures officer. • On May n, 

2003, Suzanne Carroll and Terrance Woodard 

were married at Fordham University in the 
Bronx. In the wedding party were Stephen 
Carroll '93 and John Dejesus. Also in attendance 
from the class of '98 were Cheri Bari, Shack 
Chew, Barthelmey Jacques, Elsie Lai, Jeffrey 
Parris, Ann Roach and Catherine Steel. Suzanne 
and Terrance honeymooned in the south of 
France, and upon their return relocated from 
NY to Miami. Suzanne, who is finishing her 
Ph.D. in clinical psychology, will be on 
internship with the Miami-Dade County 
Department of Human Services, while Terrance 
has joined the bankruptcy and restructuring 
group at the law firm Bilzin, Sumberg, Baena, 
Price & Axelrod. • Kristin O'Shea joined the 
firm Spaulding & Slye Colliers as an associate 
in the brokerage group. She will specialize 
in the leasing of commercial real estate in 
greater Boston. She lives in Boston with 
her husband, Tim. 

Matt Coleran 

2 Claflin Rd., No. 4 

Brookline, MA 02445 


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Hello, class of '99; I hope this column finds yoU 
all well. Our thoughts and support go out to all 
those brave men and women who have been 
serving overseas. I want to bring special 
attention to one of our classmates, Chris Shore, 
who recently contacted me to say, "Though I 
can't say exacdy where I am, I can say that I have 
spent the last three months participating in 
Operation Enduring Freedom. I am a logistics 
officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, and this is my 
first duty station. Trial by fire, as they say. My 
unit was never close to ground fighting, but we 
have traveled in some crazy places with some 
shady characters." I know I speak for everyone 
when I say that we wish Chris and everyone else 
serving overseas a safe and quick return 
home. • Following graduation, Ann-Marie Koss 
went to graduate school at Johns Hopkins 
University in Baltimore, MD, where she earned 
an M.S. degree in organic chemistry. She 
then worked in Washington, DC, at a public- 
policy shop/think-tank, researching advanced 
technologies. She decided to move on and spent 
some time at the U.S. Patent and Trademark 
Office, where she was a patent examiner. Last 
August, she moved from DC to NY and is cur- 
rentiy a science advisor in the intellectual-prop- 
erty litigation practice group for the NYC office 
of the law firm Goodwin Procter. She consults 
on chemistry, medical, pharmacological and 
intellectual-property law matters in litigation 
cases for her company's pharmaceutical 
company clients. Wow! • Christian Baird is 
currently living in Sitka, AK, and working as a 
Jesuit volunteer. After three years working for 
Philip Morris in Boston (with Karen Tsacalis and 
Cathy Tucker) he decided to call it quits and 
make a change in his life. Christian is case 
manager for mentally ill adults in Sitka, AK. He 
writes, "The job is tough and trying at times, but 
I've made it through three-quarters of the year." 
He spent April 10 to April 13, 2003, in Juneau, 
AK, for Folk Festival, where he ran into 
Steve Greco. Christian also wanted to 
congratulate Tim Bilecki and John Duggan, his 
two roommates who recently got married, Tim, 27 


in October 2002 and John in December 2002. 

• Jay Das wrote in to say that he just graduated 
from medical school and is beginning his resi- 
dency in internal medicine at USC this summer, 
where he is planning on specializing in 
cardiology. • Antoine Kinch 'oi has been living 
in CA since graduation. He spent some time 
working for Silicon Graphics before trying 
things out at a start-up. After surviving the 
dot-com burst, he joined Apple Computer in 
2001 and has been there ever since. Antoine is 
working as a video software engineer in the 
QuickTime group. He also has a three-year-old 
son named Amari Kenroy Kinch who was born 
in Boston on March 19, 2000. The attending 
nurse was a BC grad! And if that isn't enough, 
Antoine started his own entertainment 
company called in 2001. The 
company organizes and throws parties all over 
the country (New York, San Fran, Oakland, 
Toronto, DC, Miami, L.A., etc.); check it out. 

• After graduating as an English major, Meg 
Durante completed a two-year premedical 
program at Harvard. In August, she left 
longtime roommates Mary Kay Carr, Melissa 
Morabito and Erin Hannon to enter Penn State 
College of Medicine. • Sarah Martin is working 
as a research assistant at Indiana University 
Center for Bioethics. • Christina Zampardi lives 
in Stamford, CT, and works for GE Capital. 

• Deirdre Grode lives in Hoboken, NJ, and 
teaches at a charter school. • Rick Rhim is 
finishing up medical school at NYU and 
heading to Chicago for his residency beginning 
this summer. • Emily Hogan lives and works in 
NYC. She works for ING Investments. • Tara 
Bradley married John Atwood (Georgetown 
Univ. '98) on August 9, 2002, in the U.S. Virgin 
Islands. The couple traveled to Anguilla for their 
honeymoon and are presently living and 
working in NYC. • Priscilla Cole married Andre 
Gilbert in August of 2002 in Hanover, NH. A 
contingent of fellow BC grads from the class of 
'99 helped the couple celebrate the momentous 
occasion. In attendance were Jeanine Gabriele, 
Megan Keddy, Bridget Majeski, Bill Atwood, 
Roger Squire, Maia Misura and Katie Wickham. 
Scilla and Andre are now living in Montpelier, 
VT. • Margot Danzig and Joseph Medved got 
married on September 28, 2002, in East 
Hampton, NY. They honeymooned in HI and 
currently live in NYC. Joe is an investment- 
banking associate in the media group at JP 
Morgan, and Margot is an assistant vice 
president in marketing at Banc of America 
Securities. BC alums in attendance at the 
wedding included best man Jeff Gaulin, maid of 
honor Eliza Russell '00, groomsman 
David Morin, Deirdre Birnstiel, Marguerite 
Colton, Sara Farnan, Elizabeth LaFalce, Trisha 
Weiss, Julie Moxon, Jessica Nielsen, Katherine 
Skirius, Edward Dombrowski, Sharon Rossi, 
Salvatore Costagliola, Mark Broehm and 
Todd DeBlois. • Emily Warrender married 
Dominic Giovannazzo (Xavier Univ. '99) on 
November 9, 2002, in Newport, RI. Classmates 
in the wedding included Timothy Anderson, 
Fernando Silva and Daniel Rystrom. Also in 
attendance at the wedding was Erik Bator. 
Emily is a manager for Lord & Taylor. • Thank 
you for all of your notes, and please keep the 
e-mails coming. I look forward to hearing from 
more of you. 


Kate Pescatore 

63 Carolin Trail 

Marshfleld, MA 02050 

Hello, members of the class of 2000! Thank you 
for all of the great e-mails and notes that I have 
received over the last several months. Let's get 
right to them. Ron Thompson ran the Boston 
Marathon in April to raise money for the 
Shrewsbury Special Needs Athletics Program. 
Congrats to Ron on completing his second 
marathon. • Nadia Lehmejian also e-mailed me 
recently to let us know that she is now working 
for Epicor Software Corp., a software company 
based in Irvine, CA. She is the new senior online 
marketing specialist for the manufacturing- 
solutions group and is based in Minneapolis, 
MN. • Congratulations also need to be extended 
to Chris Girard, who was recently named editor 
in chief of the Western New England Law Review 
in Springfield, MA, for the upcoming academic 
year. • Mariana "Maud" Elias received a master's 
of public administration from NYU in May. 
Maud is currently working for a nonprofit 
organization specializing in affordable housing 
in NYC. Jared Leland received a J.D. degree 
from the Catholic University of America 
Columbus School of Law in May 2003. Jared 
and his wife, Erin Freyvogel Leland, reside in 
Alexandria, VA, where Jared is currently prepar- 
ing for the PA bar examination. • Also recently 
receiving his law degree was John DiBari. After 
attending Saint John's University, John will be 
working for a law firm in New York City. • And 
now on to the weddings. Ryan Sullivan and 
Mercedes Del Valle Prieto were married on 
February 8, 2003, in Acapulco, Mexico, the 
bride's hometown. Celebrating in the week-long 
festivities were fellow classmates and other 
recent alumni Kris Brewer, Darryll Coates, Keith 
Green, Kate Hanlon, Adam Hughes, Lukas 
Rohr, Mark Sieczkowski, Jamie Walson, Barbara 
Privrel, Trevor Shaughnessey, Chris Farady '01, 
Kiren Fernando '01 and Angela Niznick '01. The 
happy couple now lives in Washington, DC, 
after a honeymoon to Tahiti. • Eduardo Misan 
and Juliana Loberto were married on March 27, 
2003, in Bronxville, NY. Fellow classmates in 
attendance included Takayuki Hayano, Wei Lai, 
Dianne Liu, Thu-Kim Nguyen, Ken Peng and 
Sunil Wadhwa. • Jason Maloney and Erin 
Nicholson were married at the Duke University 
Chapel on April 5, 2003. Jason's brother, Adam 
Maloney '05, served as a groomsman. Also in 
attendance were Catalina Azuero, Paul Berens, 
Kim Cosgrove, Adam Henley, Chris Moran, 
Sarah Davis '99 and Patrick Mahoney '01. The 
newlyweds now live in Syracuse, NY. • Ashley 
Miller was married to Dan Kalosieh '97 in CT on 
May 17, 2003. Fellow BC alumni present 
included Nicole Aurillo Lacz, Emily Long, Dan 
Garry, Jill Opulski, Dan Lacz '99, Mark 
Francetic '97, James Nevin '97 and Dara White 
'97. Ashley graduated from UConn with a 
master's degree in speech-language pathology 
in May 2002 and has been working as a 
speech-language pathologist in Basking Ridge. 
The happy couple now resides in Whippany, NJ. 
Finally, Ned and Meghan McLaughlin Zelles are 
proud to announce the birth of their daughter, 
Margaret Elizabeth. Maggie was born on Oct 7, 
2002. She weighed 8 lbs. and was 19 inches 
long. Ned and Meghan report that Maggie is 

looking forward to her first BC tailgate this fall. 
The couple was married on May 26, 2001. As 
always, thanks again for all the great notes and 
e-mails. Keep me updated with all the exciting 
events in your lives. 

Erin Mary R. Ackerman 

The Salter SchooJ 

2 Florence St. 

Maiden, MA 02148 bostoncol- 

Suzanne Harte 

6 Everett Ave. 

Winchester, MA 01890 


Hello to all of you! Congratulations on completing 
your first year after graduation. I am sure that 
many of you have settled into new jobs, have 
completed a year of graduate work or have been 
traveling. We would enjoy hearing from you 
about what you have been doing over the past 
year. It was wonderful seeing many of you at 
Tia's on the Waterfront on June 14. I know that 
many of us got the chance to see classmates who 
have moved back into the Boston area and also 
those of you who traveled to be there. I wish you 
all a safe and relaxing summer. If you have any 
personal news that you would like included in 
these notes, please keep in touch! 


Kristen M. Murphy 

Fulton Hall, Room 315 

Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 


John E. Joyce 'Si, M.B.A. '70 has been selected as 
the recipient of the 2003 William V. McKenney 
Award, the highest honor the Alumni Association 
bestows on its alumni. The entire School of 
Management is invited to join in honoring 
his achievements at the award ceremony and 
reception to be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, 
September 25, 2003, at Robsham Theater, Main 
Campus. For more information please visit or call 800-669-8430 
to reserve space at the event. -Editor 


Jane T. Crimlisk 

416 Belgrade Ave., Apt. 25 

West Roxbury, MA 02132 

The in-town college was well represented at the 
celebration of their golden anniversary. Those in 
attendance included Joanne Westwater, RGS, 
'53; Christine Buckley '53; Ann Dacey Foley '53 
and her husband, Jack; Mary Dacey McLaughlin 
'53 and her husband, Jack; Matthew Flaherty '53 
and his wife, Marie; Leo Gannon '53 and his 
wife, Bridget; John Hoell '53 and his wife, Millie; 
Marian Ruggles Anderson '53; and Julia Hurley 
McCarthy '53 and her husband, Bill. I 
understand that there were many activities 
planned and two of the many highlights 
included the Golden Eagle pin reception and the 
dinner dance on Saturday evening. I inquired as 
to why the in-town college always has a good 
representation at alumni events, and the 
response received was: "most of our teachers 
were Jesuits, and we were blest academically 
and spiritually as the Spirit of God was among 
us during our college experience." • Joanne 


Westwater, RGS '53 was the recipient of an 
award given to her by the Graduate School of 
Social Work in April. Sister was instrumental in 
beginning Maria Droste Services, a nonprofit 
agency which is located on Adams Street in 
Quincy. The agency provides multiple 
counseling services for a nominal fee and has 
been a benefit to the community of Quincy as 
well as surrounding areas. • Annette Dietel '63 
and Eleanor Murphy '63 report that they began 
their anniversary celebration by attending the 
Heights Overture in McElroy Commons and 
BC Night at the Pops, and on May 31, they 
enjoyed a lecture given by Father Leahy and the 
Mass celebrated by Father Leahy, which was 
followed by dinner. They had an excellent time. 

• Kathleen Tully '71 has been enjoying her last 
two years of retirement after 21 years of teaching 
for the Hingham Public Schools and eight years 
of teaching at Boston College Campus School. 
Kathy has been doing some traveling and has 
kept herself busy through her volunteer work at 
Holy Cross Retreat House-Stonehill where she 
assists with My Brother's Keeper and Mat Talbot 
Retreats. • Bob Anzenberger '72 has been 
teaching at BC and UMass Boston. Currently, 
Bob is working on his Ph.D. at Northeastern 
University in law and public policy. It was great 
seeing you again, Bob, and good luck in writing 
your dissertation. • Don Maloney '80 has been 
working in real estate for Maloney Properties. 
Recently, Don has applied to the master's 
programs in pastoral ministry at Boston College 
and St. John's Seminary and hopes to pursue a 
master's degree on a full-time basis in the fall. 
Good luck, Don. • I met Bruce Browning '95 and 
his wife, Jann Browning, at the WCAS reunion 
on June 19. Bruce expressed his gratitude to 
Father Woods, who was extremely helpful in 
assisting him with a course of study when he 
returned to Boston College after a long hiatus, 
which made it possible for him to achieve a 
lifetime goal. You are to be commended Bruce 
for your perseverance. • Anna Bartolini '02 has 
been accepted to the Graduate School of Social 
Work and is hoping to be accepted at the Law 
School. Congratulations, Anna, and good luck. 

• Irene Brannelli '02 and her husband, Ray, had 
a wonderful time at Pops. • Our 2003 reunion 
was a great success. Again, the in-town college 
was well represented, and we, the officers and 
directors, were pleased with the number of 
people in attendance and would ask that you 
spread the word to increase the turn-out 
for 2004. We all enjoyed hearing from the 
executive director of the Alumni Association, 
Grace Cotter Regan '82 and from our beloved 
dean, Father Woods. A good time was had by all. 
Happy summer! 

T ■vxTf'TU Director of Alumni Relations 
J_i I 1> Vj JTj. Lynch School of Education 


Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 

Blenda J. Wilson Ph.D. 'jg has been selected 
as the recipient of the 200} Alumni 
Achievement Award for Education. Omari L. 
Walker 'gj, M.Ed. '02 has been selected as the 
recipient of the 200} Young Alumni 
Achievement Award. All graduates of the Lynch 
Graduate School of Education are invited to 
join in honoring their achievements at the 
award ceremony and reception to be held 
at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 25, 2003, 

at Robsham Theater, Main Campus. For more 
information please visit 
or call 8oo-66g-8^}o to reserve space at 
the event. — Editor 

Mary "Midge" Miles M.Ed. '76 (religious 
education) is mission-services director for the 
Congregation of Sisters of Saint Agnes. She has 
taught storytelling and spirituality at graduate 
schools, seminaries and retreat centers. As 
founder and director of Storyshoppes 
Productions, she has consulted with and 
facilitated programs for more than 200 
organizations from the fields of religion, 
education and health care. • Carol A. Jobe Ph.D. 
'77 (higher education) is president of Our Lady 
of Holy Cross College, New Orleans. She was 
provost of American International College in 
Springfield, MA, before being named president 
of OLHCC. OLHCC is one of nine Holy Cross 
colleges and universities in the U.S. Two others 
are University of Notre Dame and Stonehill 
College. She is married to retired lieutenant 
colonel Gordon Jobe and is the mother of three. 
• Christopher Martes Ph.D. '93 (educational 
administration) is the new superintendent of 
schools in Framingham. Formerly assistant 
superintendent of schools in Medfield, he was 
executive director of the Massachusetts 
Association of School Superintendents before 
taking the Framingham position. 


Michael A. Smyer 

McCuinn Hall, Room 221-A 

Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 


Blenda J. Wilson Ph.D. 'jg has been selected 
as the recipient of the 200} Alumni 
Achievement Award for Education. John J. 
Michalczyk '66, M.A. '6j has been selected 
as the recipient of the 2003 Alumni 
Achievement Award for Arts e[ Humanities. 
All graduates of the Graduate School of Arts a[ 
Sciences are invited to join in honoring 
their achievements at the award ceremony and 
reception to be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, 
September 25, 200}, at Robsham Theater, Main 
Campus. For more information please visit or call 8oo-66g-84jo 
to reserve space at the event. — Editor 



Laurel A. Eisenhauer 

Cushing Hall, Room 202 

Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 

Martha Jurchak Ph.D. '96 gave the keynote 
address, "Nursing, Staffing and Ethics: Fight, 
Flight or Flow" at the spring convention of the 
Massachusetts Association of Registered 
Nurses. Martha is assistant director of ethics 
service at Brigham and Women's Hospital. 

• Margaret "Meg" Carson Ph.D. '91 was selected 
to give the keynote address at the thirty-seventh 
biennial convention of Sigma Theta Tau 
International in Toronto. • Paul Arnstein Ph.D. 
'97 has been elected president of the American 
Society of Pain Management Nurses. • Suzanne 
Beyea Ph.D. '91 has been appointed director of 
nursing research at Dartmouth-Hitchcock 
Medical Center in Lebanon, NH • Suzanne 
Campbell A.S.C. '99 is on the faculty at Fairfield 
University. She practices one day per week at 
Breastfeeding Resources, in Stratford, CT She is 
also featured in the book 101 Careers in Nursing. 

• Nancy Gaden M.S. '87 has been appointed 
assistant vice president of patient-care services 

at Saint Elizabeth's Hospital in Brighton. 
• Carolyn Corliss Padovano Ph.D. '94 has 
relocated to the Washington, DC, area, taking 
the director of clinical informatics position for 
the health practice area of Integic Corp., located 
in Chantilly, VA. • Rosemary Theroux M.S. '86 a 
faculty member at UMass, Lowell, received the 
Reviewer of the Year Award from the Journal of 
Obstetric, Gynecological and Neonatal Nursing. 

Linda Rosa 

/~* O C\Y/ McGuinn Hall, Room 208-B 

vJwiJW Chestnut Hill* MA 02467 

It has been my pleasure to receive several 
updates from alumni in the last year. Please 
continue to send your news and updated 
information, especially e-mail addresses, so we 
can keep you connected to the school. The 
alumni career services committee continues to 
work with students to help them network with 
alumni. As the job market changes, the students 
need more help in networking. If you would be 
willing to talk to graduating students about the 
profession, please e-mail We 
hope to hear from you soon. • Sandra Catto 
M.S.W '99 married Louis DeSousa. Sandra is 
now the program director for the Empowering 
Families for Success Program in New Bedford. 
• Amy Murray M.S.W. '01 passed away on April 
16. Amy was completing her dual degree in 
pastoral ministry. Amy was selected by her peers 
at graduation to speak for the COPPA 
concentration. Everyone who knew Amy was 
impressed by her deep commitment to social 
work ethics. In recognition of her efforts, Amy 
was selected as one of six Boston Neighborhood 
Fellows to receive a three-year, $25,000 grant. 
This program honors volunteers, professionals, 
community organizers and other individuals 
who have displayed leadership qualities while 
helping to improve the lives of those around 
them. Amy was a critical thinker in the best 
possible way. Her dedication to the profession 
will be sorely missed. • Joseph G. Verla M.S.W. 
'81 is currently working in an administrative 
capacity at the Dept. of Defense's training 
facility in Southbridge. His eldest son now 
attends BC as an undergraduate. • Mildred 
Zanditon M.S.W. '69, of Brookline, who worked 
with local, state and federal agencies to find 
housing for deinstitutionalized psychiatric 
patients, died in April at Beth Israel Deaconess 
Medical Center. She was 86 years old and was 
known as a feisty advocate for the mentally ill. 
We will miss her. 


Vicki Sanders 

885 Centre St. 

Newton, MA 02459 

Robert). Muldoon '60, M.A. '61, LL.B. '6j has 
been selected as the recipient of the 2003 Alumni 
Achievement Award for Law. James A. Champy 
J.D. '68 has been selected as the recipient of the 
200} Alumni Achievement Award for Commerce. 
All graduates of the Law School are invited to join 
in honoring their achievements at the award 
ceremony and reception to be held at 7 p.m. on 
Thursday, September 25, 2003, at Robsham 
Theater, Main Campus. For more information 
please visit or call 800- 
66g-84}0 to reserve space at the event. • Class Notes 
for Law School alumni are published in the BC Law 
Magazine. Please forward all submissions to Vicki 
Sanders at the above address. — Editor 29 




Dear Friends, 

As the summer winds down, the Alumni Association is gearing up for another fruitful and excit- 
ing year. I am proud to announce that the plans for our expanding team that I mentioned in the 
last issue of Club Notes have been implemented, with the addition of two new assistant direc- 
tors in the clubs program. Lori Pio and Tory Watchko have joined Leigh-Ann Woodcock, and 
they will work closely with me and the club committee of our board as we reshape our 
approach and launch a national initiative in the coming months. 

Lori comes to us from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she served as assis- 
tant director of athletic development. Tory arrives from the Massachusetts Democratic Party, 
where she held the position of director of fundraising. They have already had the opportunity 
to meet with many of you, and we all look forward to a positive collaboration that will ulti- 
mately strengthen the alumni network throughout the world. 

In this spirit, I offer the Association's thanks to our leaders for continued efforts in coordi- 
nating world-class events that reconnect our alumni to alma mater. I would like to recognize, 
specifically, R. Michael Wirin '80 and Mike Galano '00, president and treasurer, respectively, of the New York club, for their 
involvement in the eighth annual New York Sports Night, held at the Yale Club in New York City. This year's honoree and recipi- 
ent of the annual William J. Flynn Award of Excellence was Jerry York '67, M.Ed. '70, head coach of the men's ice hockey team. 
Coach York was honored for his hard work on behalf of and dedication to BC athletics and for his many successful seasons as 
head hockey coach. He was joined at the ceremony by his wife, Bobbie, and daughter, Laura. This event is one of the highlights 
of the year and provides area alumni with a wonderful opportunity to interact with fellow Eagles. 

Additional thanks go out to Ken Pierce '79, president of the Maine club, Lisa King '81, president of the Rhode Island club, and 
Gene Mahoney '57, a member of the Cape Cod club for organizing successful golroutings. All three outings were great achieve- 
ments for the clubs and brought together a great group ofenthusiastic alumni from the respective areas. Finally, I would like to 
announce the formation of our most recent steering committee, in Westchester County, New York. Led by Steve Prostano '79, 
this group has a lot of enthusiasm and energy, and we anticipate it will be an integral part of the club network for years to come. 

I look forward to discussing the upcoming transition with many of you and encourage you to contact me directly with any ques- 
tions and comments you may have at or at 617-552-4700. 

We hope to see you at FanFest prior to the Eagles' season opener against Wake Forest on August 30, fresh from a restful sum- 
mer and ready for the thrill of another year at Boston College. 

Jack Moynihan 

Senior Associate Director 






















Martin S. Ridge '67 

Harry R. Hirshorn '89 

Kenton Brooks '91, J.D. '94 

Peter J. Salmon '88 

Julie Finora McAfee '93 

Kerri Anglin '94 

Dave Frankel '93 

Dave Telep '96 

Marco Pace '93 

Christopher M. Doran '68 

Carrie McNamara '88 

Misty Wheeler '86 

Christopher K. Heaslip '86 

Robert P. Vilece '89 

Michael DiForio '98 

Richard Ewing '98 

William F. Hackett '66 

Cam Van Noord '76 

Karen Begelfer '95 

Charles Rego '92 

Stephen E. Ferrucci '87, J.D. '90 

Kenneth D. Pierce '79 


Martin J. Joyce '51 




















Robert T. Crowley, Jr. '70 

Mary Moulton '96 

Roshan Rajkumar '95 

Barbara A. Costigan '72 

David Horan J.D. '77 

Michael Nyklewicz '86 

Nancy G. Spadaro Bielawa '85 

R. Michael Wirin '89 



Stephen Prostano '79 

Christopher Kubala '93, M.B.A. 

Renee Gorski Morgan '97 

John G. Sherlock '87 

Brian '92 and Suzanne Walters 

Lisa J. King '81 

Christine M. Horsrman '92 

Kristen M. Johnson '98 

Andrew G. Docktor '86 

Bryan McLaughlin '95 

Dave Krupinski '88, M.S. '92 


92 31 

In Memoriam 


Edmund T. Garrity 12/86 


Greg Ludovic 07/03 


Denis B. Sughrue 10/02 


Charles A. McCarthy 05/03 


William J. Linehan 10/97 

J 933 

Albert C. Abracinskas 05/03 

Garrett T. Barry 04/96 


Timothy H. Donohue 05/03 


Richard E.Mulcahy 03/03 

Robert E. Sullivan 04/03 


William B. Bergen 01/88 


George J. Farrell °4/°3 

Anthony T. Shtogren 03/03 


John B. Ryan 07/01 


James P. Marini 02/03 


Robert C. Bryson 03/03 

John T. Foynes °4/°3 

Edward Welch 09/02 


John F. McCarthy 04/03 

John V. Wessling 04/03 


George H. Emmons 07/02 

Edward D. Whitley 04/03 


Mary A. Scherer 12/02 


John T. Sayers 04/03 

Thomas Kelly 05/82 



William F. Cleary 09/01 


Kenneth E. Curran 04/03 

Edward F. Doherty 03/03 

James J. Gavin 01/03 

Raymond F. Keegan 07/01 

William F. McNally 05/03 

Thomas J. Mullane 05/03 

Robert J. Savage 04/03 


Morton F. Alpert °4/°3 

David M. Crehan °4/°3 

Vincent L. Molinaro 04/03 


Mary E. Townsend 01/03 


Mary R. Johnston 05/03 

John J. Keaney 04/03 

Leon E. Lewis 03/03 

Lionel J. Neron 10/01 

William F. Thatcher 08/03 

John J. Tobin 04/03 

Violet M. Tracey 04/03 

J 954 

Edward J. Doherty 03/03 

William J. McMahon 03/03 


Joseph E. Bouchard 07/99 

Adele E. Law 06/00 

Henry S. Son 05/03 


Paul M. Smith 03/03 

Henry W Wickes 02/98 


Lillian F. Sullivan °5/°3 

Paul V Sullivan 05/03 


Thomas W Burgess 04/03 

Francis D. Gemellaro 04/03 

Charles J. Kelly 12/99 

Paul J. O'Callaghan 03/03 

Robert L. Tegan 02/01 


George F. Lawlor 04/03 

Joseph F. McNeil 04/03 

Albert J. Pepin °5/°3 

Frederic B. Taintor 05/02 


Amelia C. Jocis 09/00 

Catherine Tower °4/°3 

Mary C. Treadwell 05/03 


Madeline M. Corey °3/°3 

Nancy S. Porter 03/03 

John T. Wyrocki °4/°3 


Robert Connaughton 03/03 


John J. Ford 04/03 

Sam Gerson 07/03 

Paul A. Sullivan °4/°3 


Robert P. Jagolinzer 05/03 

William H. Kelley °4/°3 

Thomas Motherway 04/03 


Louis T. Ballerene 05/03 

Susan M. Gravel 04/03 


Leon J. Bien 05/03 

Richard E. Mulcahy 06/82 

Muriel E. Provost 05/02 


John F. Canniff 03/02 

Gary S. Lopez 05/03 


Robert F. Cox. 



Bruce R. Kalberer 03/03 


James M. Thomas 05/03 


Anne M. Hastings 03/03 

Mary Jackson-Homen 03/03 

Michael A. Tye 06/03 


Phyllis R. Ennion 11/00 

Philip W Morin °5/°3 


Liane E. Dunne. 


Lynne Datema .. 




Thomas J. O'Connor 02/02 

Robert C. Plante 05/00 


Judith A. Baginski 02/03 

Jeanne D. Bedell 04/03 

Cynthia M. Bitters 04/03 

Jane M. Chesmore 05/03 

John C. Corrigan Jr. 05/03 

Martha B. Dubay °4/°3 

Evan B. Flamer °5/°3 

Eugene F. Kirk 06/00 

Mary P. McGuire 03/03 

Claire M. O'Neil 05/03 

Carol B. Nelson 03/02 

Rosemarie Pucci ll /°3 

Ellen Marie Sause °3/°3 

Mary J. Silva °4/°3 

William F. Talmadge 09/02 

Harris Tarlin 05/03 

Ronald C. Werner 04/03 

Sandra Ann Zammitti ....11/00 

John S. Brunero 04/03 

Carole M. Calnan 03/99 

Richard A. Guthrie 07/02 

John H. Doermann 04/03 

John J. Herlihy °4/°3 

Leo J. Rancourt 12/00 

Spencer E. Robbins 05/03 

Lewis R. Sandini 08/02 

Philip J. Williamson 05/03 


Margret M. Boyd 05/03 

M. Ruth Dunning 04/03 

Amy Murray °4/°3 

Mildred L. Zanditon 04/03 


Robert F. Hoey 04/03 


Margret C. Burke 01/00 

John David Butler 03/03 

Marguerite Connolly 05/03 

Bernard P. Marron 04/03 

Gerald C. Martin 03/03 

Carl F. Mattson 03/03 

Rose M. McKeaney 03/03 

James M. Meehan 03/03 

M. Alfred Nolan 06/92 

Leo J. Rancourt 12/00 

John C. Turner 02/01 

Thomas M. Walsh 05/03 

The In Memoriam is provided 
courtesy of the Office of Development, 
More Hall, 140 Commonwealth Ave., 
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467. 




Keith Lockhart Conducting 

Friday, September 26, 2003 
Preconcert Festivities 6-8 p.m. 
Performance Begins at 8 p.m. 


for additional information 

or to register. 



Keith Lockhart Conducting 

Friday, September 26, 2003 
Preconcert Festivities 6-8 p.m. 
Performance Begins at 8 p.m. 


for additional information 

or to register. 



New campus sports facility coming soon 

Boston College soon will 
break ground for a new athlet- 
ics center that will greatly en- 
hance intercollegiate, 
intramural, and club sports, 
thanks to a $15 million com- 
mitment from the Yawkey 

The cost of the new facility, 
to be called the Yawkey 
Athletics Center, will total ap- 
proximately $26 million and 
will be funded through private 
gifts. Construction is sched- 
uled to begin after the last 
home football game this fall. 

John L. Harrington '57, ex- 
ecutive director and trustee of 
the Yawkey Foundation, stat- 
ed, "The project will enable 
the University to provide more 
equitable facility use among all 
student athletes and to 

strengthen and better integrate 
its athletics and academic sup- 
port systems. Mrs. Yawkey had 
a long history of supporting 
intercollegiate athletics and 
forged a longtime relationship 
with Boston College. During 
her lifetime, Mrs. Yawkey 
made significant charitable 
contributions to the school for 
athletic scholarships and had 
many close friendships with 
former Boston College ath- 
letes, many of whom joined 
the Red Sox organization, in- 
cluding Joe Morgan, Ed 
Pellagrini, and Mike Roarke." 
The new facility will be at- 
tached to the north side of 
Alumni Stadium. It will house 
the varsity football program, 
the Office of Learning 
Resources for Student Athletes, 

and a large function area for 
general University use, freeing 
up critically needed space in 
Conte Forum for women's 
athletics and other men's 

Yawkey Foundation I was 
established in 1976 by Thomas 
A. Yawkey, and Yawkey 
Foundation II was established 
in the early 1980s by Jean R. 
Yawkey to further serve the 
family's charitable goals. Since 
the deaths of the Yawkeys, the 
foundations' boards of trustees 
have continued the Yawkeys' 
legacy, contributing to organi- 
zations large and small that 
share the foundations' charita- 
ble objectives, including con- 
servation, education, social 
services, health care, arts and 
culture, and amateur sports. 

spring for members of the Fides, 
President's Circle, and Gasson giv- 
ing societies, the Boston College 
Leadership Forum always draws a 
crowd. This year, featured speaker 
jack Connors '63, chairman and 
CEO of Hill, Holliday, Connors, 
Cosmopulos, addressed a packed 
room at the Boston Harbor Hotel 
on April 16, sharing accounts of his 
career, his education, and the 
University's growth. Connors, who 
is chairman of the Boston College 
Board of Trustees, was introduced 
by Ann Riley Finck '66, who chairs 
the Fides giving society and served 
as master of ceremonies for the 
Leadership Forum. University 
President William P. Leahy, SJ, was 
on hand as well to welcome guests. 


As part of a continuing series of 
"Conversations with the 
President," held with BC alumni 
and parents around the country, 
Boston College President William 
P. Leahy, SJ, spoke on the 
University's progress and recent 
undertakings at the Benjamin 
Hotel in New York City on June 18. 
Some 70 alumni and parents were 
in attendance. Leahy will hold an- 
other conversation on Novem- 
ber 7, in Boston. 


Members of the Boston College 
Wall Street Council will convene 
their second annual Wall Street 
Council Open on Monday, 
September 29, at the Winged Foot 
Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New 
York. For more information, call 
Peggy McCorkle, (617) 552-1055, or 


Two popular annual events are fast 
approaching. Parents' Weekend 
2003 will be Friday, September 26, 
through Sunday, September 28. At 
the same time, on Friday, 
September 26, the nth annual 
Pops on the Heights Scholarship 
Gala will feature conductor Keith 
Lockhart leading the Boston 
Esplanade Orchestra and the 
Boston College Chorale. For more 
information on the concert, go to 
the Web site For 
questions about Parents' Weekend, 
call the Parents' Weekend Hotline 
at (866) 237-1120, or visit 


Continued from page 21 

in three different mosques in Marrakesh; two were de- 
stroyed after claims that they did not point exactly toward 
Mecca. It was finally transferred to a new mosque that came 
to be known as the Kutubiyya (Booksellers') Mosque be- 
cause of the dozens of bookshops that surrounded it. There 
the minbar stood until the 1960s, when it was moved to the 
city's Badi Palace Museum. 


Muhammad's contemporaries understood the divine revela- 
tion to be an oral text. God's first instruction to the Prophet 
begins, "Recite in the name of thy Lord." The Arabic word 
qur'an, from which we derive our English word Koran, 
stems from the root meaning "to recite or read aloud." But 
either during the Prophet's lifetime or soon after his death 
in 632, Muslims began to transcribe the revelations. 
Thousands of early parchment fragments survive, but as 
with the example at right, not a single one bears any indica- 

Left: the Kutubiyya minbar, minus some of its 1.3 million pieces 

tion of date or place. 

The page we've chosen is from a dispersed manuscript 
penned in a brown ink prepared from gallnuts and ferrous 
compounds on parchment made from sheepskin. It contains 
the last two verses of chapter 38 ("It is nothing but a re- 
minder unto all beings, and you shall surely know its tiding 
after a while") and the beginning of chapter 39 ("In the 
name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate. The send- 
ing down of the [Book is from God, the All-mighty, the All- 
wise]"). As a complete Koran, this manuscript would have 
filled several thousand pages, and been comparable in 
length to the entire Gospels. 

Arabic is not easy to read. 
Unlike Greek, Latin, Hebrew, 
Russian, and English, it is ren- 
dered only in "cursive" form — 
with many, though not all, letters 
connected. Arabic letters change 
their shape depending on their po- 
sition in a word: The same letter 
can have one form when it stands 
alone, another at the beginning of 
a word, another in the middle, and 
yet another at the end. Breaks can 
occur just as easily within as be- 
tween words, and early writers 
such as the scribe who composed 
this page did not distinguish be- 
tween the two kinds of spaces. 

Furthermore, Arabic script im- 
perfectly represents the spoken 
word. The language has 28 dis- 
tinct sounds, but the script uses 
only 18 characters to represent 
them. From an early date, extra 
strokes were sometimes used to 
differentiate sounds sharing the 
same letter shapes, but Koranic 
calligraphers — particularly in the 
first' centuries of Islam — often 
deemed these marks superfluous. 
Lastly, Arabic script, like Hebrew, 
records only the three long vow- 
els, leaving it to the reader to in- 
terpolate the three short vowels, 
silences, and case endings from 
the context. Some calligraphers, 
like the artist of this page, used 
systems of colored dots above and 
below the letters to indicate the 

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unwritten sounds. 

All of these peculiarities, which make reading extremely 
difficult and slow, indicate that early Arabic texts like this 
one were primarily memory aids, meant for the use of a 
public reader who had already memorized the text. 


Pictures of Muhammad are extremely rare in Islamic art. 
The image on page 32, portraying the birth of the Prophet, 
comes from an illustrated copy of the Compendium of 

Below: ninth-century folio from a Koran, North Africa or Near East 

Chronicles, a four- volume history of the world's peoples com- 
piled in the early 14th century by Rashid al-Din, vizier to 
the Ilkhans, the Mongol rulers of Iran. The Ilkhans, who 
had only recently converted to Islam, were descended from 
Genghis Khan and were cousins to the Mongol dynasties 
ruling in China, Central Asia, and southern Russia. 
Together they brought much of Asia under a Pax Mongolica. 
Rashid al-Din was an Iranian Jewish convert to Islam 
who had started his career as court physician. In his account, 
begun at the sultan's request, he relates the histories of the 
Mongols, Turks, Chinese, Franks, Jews, Indians, and 
Muslims. As part of a pious bequest, he stipulated that 
scribes were to produce Persian and Arabic copies of his 
works each year, for distribution in the major cities of the 
Ilkhanid realm. 

— 'tz$& fay >&■$ ,£* #^ *^Pf^ry*< 

Above: "The Birth of the Prophet," fromjami' al-Tawarikh 
{Compendium of Chronicles) , 1307 

The depiction above is from one of the few surviving 
Arabic copies produced in his lifetime. The Ilkhans seem 
not to have shared their fellow Muslims' inhibitions about 
representing the Prophet. Indeed, the manuscript is re- 
markable for its profusion of illustrations, which include 
portrayals of the biblical prophets Jonah and Noah, as well 
as Chinese emperors and Muslim heroes. 

The idea for the birth scene probably came from illustra- 
tions of the Nativity in Christian art, since the birth of the 
Prophet has no theological significance for Muslims — 
Muhammad was human, not divine. Modeled perhaps on a 
Byzantine panel-painting, the broad, strip-like image is divid- 
ed into three parts. The center shows the infant Muhammad 
cradled by two angels while his resting mother is attended by 
midwives. In the right-hand compartment sits an aged figure 
with a staff — the Prophet's uncle, Abu Talib, standing in for 
the figure of Joseph. At left, three women are posed togeth- 
er — echoes of the Magi in Christian Nativity scenes — and a 

fourth stands huddled over a stick. None of these supporting 
characters figures prominently in the vizier's text, which con- 
cerns the exact date of the Prophet's birth. 

The artist's technique, in which line drawing is height- 
ened with colored washes, derives from Chinese painting, 
and came to Iran with the Mongols. In this seminal manu- 
script, disparate artistic elements of East, West, and Middle 
East cohabit somewhat uneasily. Within a few years, howev- 
er, Iranian artists would develop an original style, as if — one 
contemporary chronicler noted — a "veil was lifted from the 
face of Persian painting." 


Islamic art is often thought to have ended during the 19th 
century, as European-manufactured imports replaced local 
craft goods in centers of Islamic culture. In the 20th centu- 
ry, Western culture came to dominate intellectual and artis- 
tic life in the nations that emerged in North Africa, the 
Middle East, and South Asia following the collapse of colo- 
nialism. Artists responded to these changes in many differ- 

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ent ways, some aping Western tradi- 
tions wholesale, others repeating old 
formulas endlessly. The most success- 
ful developed styles that combined in- 
digenous and foreign artistic 
traditions. One of the first to do so 
was the Iranian sculptor, Parviz 

Born in Tehran in 1937, Tanavoli 
became in 1956 the first student to 
graduate from the new program in 
sculpture established in the College of 
Fine Arts at Tehran University. He 
then studied in Italy and was a visiting 
artist at the Minneapolis School of 
Art. After returning to Tehran in 
1964, he became connected with the 
Saqqakhane art movement, named for 
the public water fountains found in 
many communities. Providing water 
is considered a very pious act, particu- 
larly among the Shia. The saqqakhana 
(literally, the water-carrier's house) 
can be a little building or niche in a 
wall, or even just a shelf containing a 
tap or fountain or jug, usually set be- 
hind an iron grille. Passersby can not 
only quench their thirst but also ask 
for fulfillment of pious requests after 
leaving a small votive gift — often a 
padlock signifying a binding vow. The 
movement's members used Iranian folk art themes — locks 
attached to grilles, for example — as inspiration for their 
work, which they typically executed in Western-inspired 
media, such as collage, oil paint on canvas, and cast bronze. 
Tanavoli has worked in a range of materials, from bronze, 
copper, brass, and scrap metal to clay, and in a range of sizes, 
from finger rings to large public sculptures. 

Tanavoli's most famous theme is the sculptural represen- 
tation of the Persian word beech, meaning "nothing" and 
spelled with the three letters heh,yeh, and cheh. In one of his 
most popular versions of this theme, the word is set like a 
crouching cat on a chair-like support, whose latticed back 
recalls the grille of the saqqakhana. The cat's head is com- 
prised of the initial letter heh, known in Persian as the u heh 
of two eyes" because of its two loops. The letter yeh com- 
prises the cat's neck, and the letter cheh, its body and tail. 
The word thus becomes a complex visual pun, appearing to 
represent something but saying "nothing." 

Sculpture is relatively uncommon in Islamic art because 

Right: Parviz Tanavoli's Heech and Chair'll, 1973 

of the longstanding prohibition against idolatry. But it was 
an important art form in Iran for centuries before the 
Muslim conquest in the seventh century, when the Persian 
language came to be written in Arabic script. Tanavoli has 
combined in cast bronze the traditional Iranian love of fig- 
ural sculpture with not only the Islamic reverence for the 
written word but also a 20th-century taste for abstract art. 

Jointly written by professors Blair and Bloom, both Islam: A 
Thousand Years of Power and Faith (2000) and The Art 
and Architecture of Islam: 1250-1800 (1994) are available 
at a discount from the BC Bookstore, via the BCM Web site, So too is Jonathan Bloom's Paper Before 
Print: The History and Impact of Paper in the Islamic 
World (2001). An excerpt of the latter, which has garnered nu- 
merous academic book awards, appeared in the Spring 2002 
issue of BCM. 


34 SUMMER 2003 

By Alice McDermott 

It should go without saying that, being 
Catholic, my first thoughts on the 
topic are guilt ridden, my first im- 
pulse, confessional. I'm not a very good 
Catholic. I started skipping Mass as a 
teenager, as soon as my older brother got 

his driver's license and my other brother and I could pile 
into his car for what we would tell our just-returning-from- 
the-10-o'clock parents was noon Mass, and then make a 
quick, hour-long detour to Dunkin' Donuts. What we com- 
plained about in those days was the Church's hypocrisy, its 
trivial rituals and petty obsessions, stuff we thought no one 
else had ever noticed. 

Through college, I went to Mass only on occasion and 
even then simply because the Newman Center at my state 
college had a funny priest whose sermons were pre-Seinfeld 
standup routines about the foibles and the excesses of cam- 
pus life. I became in my twenties what my father used to 
refer to as an A&P Catholic — one of those Catholics who 
only stop into church when they need something, or run out 
of something. I got regular and somewhat steady about 
churchgoing when my children were born, telling my skep- 
tical and permanently apostate friends and family (my 
brothers among them) that I was giving my kids 
Catholicism in order to inoculate them against the Moonies 
and the Hare Krishnas, the occasional pair of Mormons at 
the front door; that I was giving myself the advantage of 
knowing something about the religion against which, I was 
certain, my children would eventually rebel. 

When it came time for our first child to begin school, we 
dutifully bought a house in a neighborhood with an excellent 
public school system, and it was only after we learned that 
our son would have a lengthy kindergarten commute because 
the local school was being renovated that my husband, a 
Methodist, suggested we look at the nearby Catholic school. 
On the day we were to meet with the principal, I arrived a 
few minutes early and took my own private tour. It was all too 
familiar: the uniforms, the orderly rows of desks, the cruci- 
fixes and holy water fonts and carefully colored cutouts of lit- 
tle lambs and big-eyed shepherd children. The Catholic 
school smell, which most especially brought back the terror 
and the tyranny of my own Catholic grammar school, where 
we were 50 or 60 to a classroom and Sr. Edwina stalked the 
place like a long-robed Captain Bligh. I was nearly hyper- 
ventilating as I met my husband at the principal's door, pre- 
pared to say, "Let's run, let's get out of here. We can't 

Left: the author in front of her parish church in suburban Maryland 

perpetuate the madness," when he, grinning, informed me 
that he had also arrived a little early and had made his own 
tour, counterclockwise to my own. "I love this place," he said, 
before I had a chance to object. "The uniforms, the order, the 
religious symbols. We can't send him anywhere else." 

Even now, I confess, my involvement in the daily life of 
the Church is minimal: school-related activities, check-writ- 
ing, a meal or two for the homeless. I'll occasionally miss 
Sunday Mass out of laziness, or busyness, or be deterred by 
the prospect of sitting through yet another sermon full of 
halfhearted platitudes. 

Even now, as I find myself expounding on a topic such as 
this — being Catholic — I imagine the Dominicans who 
taught me in grammar school or the Josephites who taught 
me in high school rolling their eyes or, as the case may be, 
rolling in their graves. I hear my no-longer-practicing 
Catholic friends and family, who have shared my irreverence 
and cynicism and disappointment, ask with utter disbelief, 
"Who is lecturing whom about what?" 

Of course, my excuse for such hubris — my license to 
preach — is that while developing into a mediocre Catholic I 
have also, simultaneously, it seems, become a Catholic nov- 
elist. Or at least that's what I've been called. To be honest — 
confessional — the term makes me feel somewhat like the 
narrator in the O. Henry story "Man About Town." He's an 
inquisitive young man who spends the day seeking "enlight- 
enment concerning the character known as A Man About 
Town." He asks a reporter, a bartender, a Salvation Army 
girl, and finally a critic, whose definition inspires him to 
spend the rest of the night raking New York "from the 
Battery to Little Coney Island" to find an authentic Man 
About Town. As he begins his search, he steps off a curb, is 
hit by a car, and wakes the next morning in the hospital, 
where a young doctor shows him the newspaper report of his 
accident. The article closes with the lines, "His injuries were 
not serious. He appeared to be a typical Man About Town." 

In my own attempt to seek enlightenment concerning 
the character known as the Catholic novelist, I have time 
and again come to no more definitive conclusion than that I 
seem to be one. It strikes me as a rather pallid qualification, 
for both a preacher and a novelist. As a reader sunk a hun- 
dred or two hundred pages into a work of fiction, the 
thought that I am reading a Catholic novel serves as neither 
lifeline nor anchor — if the novel's good, I float, if it's bad, I 
don't. Nor would the promise of a "Catholic" novel get me 
to open a book in the first place. 

That my novels have what Flannery O'Connor referred 
to as a "Catholic decor" is true enough. My characters, for 
the most part, are Roman Catholics, born Catholic, raised 
Catholic. Churchgoers, members of a church community, 
they know the lives of the saints, the niceties of the sacra- 
ments, the rules, the rituals. To borrow from O'Connor, 
that most Catholic of Catholic novelists, they know so thor- 


oughly what they believe, they don't have to think about it. 

They believe in the Incarnation, the Trinity, the commu- 
nion of saints, the resurrection of the body and life everlast- 
ing. Their faith is genetic, cultural, blood-borne, and as 
such it is cause for neither fanaticism nor zealotry, crisis nor 
grief. It is, like language itself, a way of ordering the world, 
expressing emotion, communicating need. It is, forever, 
their first language. 

These Catholics may be the subjects of much of my fic- 
tion, but their Catholicism is not. As a fiction writer, I am 
not interested in conversion, transubstantiation, the mysti- 
cal body of Christ, the infallibility of the pope, Aquinas, or 
Augustine. My novels have a "Catholic decor" not because I 
have anything original to say about Catholicism but because 
I know it, because it is my first spiritual language as well, 
and also because — more pertinent — with the religious lives 
of my characters firmly established, I can try to understand 
what lies beneath: what is, in some way, pre-religious, the 
first impulse, the initial yearning, the earliest, embryonic in- 
dication of the substance of things hoped for. 

I don't write about Catholics because of my own faith, 
lackluster yet persistent, but because by doing so I hope to 
discover — percolating up out of all the assurances (authen- 
tic or not) that the Church, the life of Christ, provides — 
what it is that sparks the need for faith in the first place. 

Time and again I have discovered that for my own char- 
acters, at least, that need is founded in a simple, stubborn, 
unrelenting refusal to be comforted. 

W.B. Yeats posed the question: 

But is there any comfort to be found? 
Man is in love and loves what vanishes, 
What more is there to say? 

And Billy, in my novel Charming Billy, soaked in both al- 
cohol and the Irish poet himself, paraphrased the question 
in the language of his faith: 

"Death is a terrible thing," Billy said. "Our Lord knew it. 
Our Lord knew it was terrible. Why would He have shed 
His own blood if death wasn't terrible?" There was another 
pause, another sip of whiskey. "You know what makes a 
mockery of the Crucifixion?" Billy said. "You know what 
makes it pointless? Anyone saying that death is just an ordi- 
nary thing, an ordinary part of life. It happens, you reconcile 
yourself, you go on. . . . It's a pact with the devil," he said. 
"To be reconciled. Our Lord spilling His every drop of 
blood on the cross to show us death is terrible, a terrible in- 
justice, and all the while we're telling ourselves that it's not 
so bad, after all. You get over it. You get used to it. . . . Life 
goes on pleasantly enough no matter who dies." 

An alcoholic, a pregnant teenager, an aging and ornery 

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Irish woman, a flock of would-be writers, a beautiful girl — 
all characters in my fictional world who refuse to be recon- 
ciled to the death of those they love, to the past that 
contains such loss, or to the future that will deliver it. Who 
stand stubbornly against the inevitable, argue vehemently 
against the irrefutable, remain outraged over the unchange- 
able, undeniable fact that man is in love and loves what van- 
ishes. Unacceptable, they cry, these characters of mine, in 
their cups, in their old age, in the certainty of their youth. 
The death of the people we love is unacceptable. 

I don't claim any originality for them in this. Their stub- 
born refusal to accept the inevitable is nothing new in liter- 
ature — is, often enough, literature's very reason for being. 
Two examples come immediately to mind. Here's Edna St. 
VincentJvlillay, in "Dirge Without Music": 

I am not resigned to the shutting away of loving hearts in the 

hard ground. 
So it is, and so it will be, for so it has been, time out of mind: 
Ifflpto the darkness they go, the wise and the lovely. Crowned 
With lilies and with laurel they go; but I am not resigned. 

Or Garcia Lorca, in "Lament for the Death of a 

Because your death is forever 

Like everyone else's who ever died on Earth, 

like all dead bodies discarded 

on rubbish heaps with mongrel's corpses. 

But no one knows you. No one. But I sing you — 

sing your profile and your grace, for later on. 

Outraged, unreasonable, obsessed — as any lunatic, lover, 
or poet must be — -my Catholic characters carry in their 
blood the promises of their faith, carry on their tongues the 
tenets of their Church, and yet still their spirits rebel against 
time, against loss, unreconciled, refusing to be resigned. 

"I wanted to banish," my lovely teenager says in Child of 
My Heart, 

every parable, every song, every story ever told, even by me, 
about children who never returned. ... I wanted them scrib- 
bled over, torn up. Start over again. Draw a world where it 
simply doesn't happen, a world of only color, no form. Out 
of my head and more to my liking: a kingdom by the sea, 
eternal summer, a brush of fairy wings and all dark things 
banished, age, cruelty, pain, poor dogs, dead cats, harried 
parents, lonely children, all the coming griefs, all the senti- 
mental, maudlin tales fashioned out of the death of children. 

If death is forever, the unwed mother in That Night rea- 
sons, then love is meaningless. 

Faced with the death of those they love, these characters of 



mine don't seek some vague afterlife. What they seek, what 
they demand, against all reason, is the return of the loved one 
in all his or her familiarity, "the profile and the grace," as 
Lorca called it, "the answers quick and keen, the honest look," 
in Millay's poem. My characters, my fictional Catholics, un- 
derstand the Church's promise of eternal life, but nevertheless 
find it lacking. For what they really want is fife returned to 
them, the world returned to them, in all its magnificence and 
love and heartbreaking detail. Life uncompromised by death, 
death utterly defeated. Anything less is unacceptable. 

It is a mad, unreasonable demand, of course, but it is 
also, it seems to me, the primitive impulse that makes faith 
necessary. It is the mad, unreasonable demand — and 
promise — made by Christ himself. 

When Jesus tells Martha, "Your brother will rise," she 
replies as any one of us pretty-good-to-middling Catholics 
might, as one well trained in the language of faith should: 
"I know he will rise," she replies, "in the resurrection on 
the last day." If ever a false Messiah had an out, here it^was. 
Jesus had only to tell her, Right you are, you get an A. 
What he does instead, mad prophet, is to refuse such. easy 
comfort. He becomes, John tells us, troubled, deeply per- 

cult characters, an alcoholic, a griping old woman, one 
sullen teenager and another amoral one who would remake 
the world to her own liking. But as we face the Church of 
the 2 1st century, my hope is that we non-fictional Catholics 
regain the courage to be difficult, rebellious, mad, the 
courage to refuse to be comforted. That we refuse to be 
comforted by the familiar, by the way we've always done 
things (priests in charge, laity ushering, women running 
bake sales). That we refuse to be comforted by our own self- 
satisfied eloquence about the dignity of unborn life while 
political or practical imperatives silence our objections to 
the destruction of life in the ghetto or in the death chamber. 
That we refuse to be comforted by our good, prosperous 
lives, by the careful picking and choosing of what words of 
Christ's we will take to heart. 

My hope for the Church, for us, is that we recall the ado- 
lescent rebellion that seems a part of most of our biogra- 
phies as Catholics, recall our youthful dissatisfactions and 
objections (whether we voiced them in Dunkin' Donuts or 
in our permanent disassociation from the Church) and 
speak them again. Or, if that adolescent rebellion seems too 
distant to recall, then my hope is that each of us becomes 

Being Catholic is an act of rebellion. A mad, stubborn, outrageous, nonsensical refusal 
to be comforted by anything less than the glorious impossible. 

turbed. He weeps. "See how he loved him," the onlookers 
say. And then Jesus calls Lazarus from the grave. Jesus re- 
stores what has vanished, returns Lazarus to life, to his sis- 
ters, returns not the soul or the spirit, the memory or the 
ghost, but the man himself, the profile and the grace, the 
honest look, the laughter, the love: and proves to us that 
death is not forever. 

In his own refusal to be reconciled, Jesus makes possible 
our impossible hopes, confirms our own, primitive rebellion 
against that terrible thing that is the death of those we love. 
And reminds us — or should remind us, if we can just shake 
ourselves from the numbing familiarity of the tenets of our 
Church, the platitudes, the rote rituals, and the petty obses- 
sions — that ours is a mad, rebellious faith, one that flies in 
the face of all reason, all evidence, all sensible injunctions to 
be comforted, to be comfortable. A faith that rejects every 
timid impulse to accept the fact that life goes on pleasantly 
enough despite all that vanishes, despite death itself. 

WHAT I have to say about being Catholic, then, is simply 
this: Being Catholic is an act of rebellion. A mad, stubborn, 
outrageous, nonsensical refusal to be comforted by anything 
less than the glorious impossible of the resurrection of the 
body and life everlasting. 

In my own fiction, I have linked this crazy faith to diffi- 

the garrulous drunk in the congregation, the loud-mouthed, 
inappropriate, indiscreet psycho who cries foul over 
hypocrisy and deception and illogic and cliche, refusing to 
accept the easy comfort of assurances that the hierarchy will 
fix itself, that Jesus doesn't want women to be priests, that it 
is acceptable for Catholics to acquiesce to a politically de- 
fensible but morally unjust war. 

At the heart of our beliefs, at the heart of our faith, lies 
the outrageous conviction that love redeems us, Christ re- 
deems us, even from death. Following this wild proposition, 
this fulfillment of our most primitive yearnings, every other 
outrageous thing we expect or demand of ourselves and our 
Church — honesty, charity, goodness, forgiveness, peace — 
surely must begin to seem reasonable, even easy. Every 
other challenge the 21st century brings should seem — even 
to the likes of us not so great Catholics — simple enough: a 
benefit, no doubt, of the simple grace of being Catholic. 

Novelist Alice McDermott is writer-in-residence at Johns 
Hopkins University and the authoj; most recently, of Child of 
My Heart (2002\ Her novels include That Night (1987), At 
Weddings and Wakes (1992), and Charming Billy, winner of 
the 1998 National Book Award. McDermott s April 2 talk at 
Boston College on "Being Catholic" ?nay be viewed at 



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By James M. OToole 


When Michael Morris Healy and Eliza Clark 
entered into a common-law union in 1829, 
they violated perhaps the most powerful 
taboo of 19th-century America: marriage be- 
tween persons of different races. Healy was a 
white planter in Jones County, Georgia; 
Clark was an African-American slave. 
American society was horrified by a union 
such as theirs, and by the attendant prospect 
of offspring, because of the understanding, in 
their time, of what race was. The word had a 

clear, even scientific definition: Race depended, literally, on 
blood. What came to be called the "one-drop rule" specified 
that a single drop of ancestral African blood was sufficient to 
define a Negro. Blood might be diluted over time, but its 
essence could not be altered. 

Under this rule, the children of Michael and Eliza Healy, 
no matter how fair their skin or European their features, 
could expect to lead hobbled lives, consigned to the most 
menial work and subjected to discrimination and violence. 
But that is not what happened. 

The nine Healy children who survived infancy dis- 
played a range of complexions — some "looked" black, 
some white, others in between. But they all managed to 

Left: Michael A. Healy, captain of the Bear, U.S. Revenue Cutter Service 

subvert the line between the races. James, the oldest, be- 
came a Catholic priest in Boston, and from 1875 to 1900 
was the second bishop of Portland, Maine. Hugh was set- 
ting himself up in the hardware business in New York City 
in the 1850s when he was killed in a freak boating accident 
at the age of 21. Patrick became a Jesuit, and from 1873 to 
1882 he was the president of Georgetown University. 
Sherwood also became a priest and served as the rector of 
the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston — probably des- 
tined, like his older brother James, for a bishop's chair, but 
he died at age 39. Martha, the oldest girl, was briefly a 
member of an order of religious sisters in Montreal before 
she left the convent, married an Irish immigrant, and lived 
out her days in suburban respectability outside Boston. 
Michael became a captain in the U.S. Revenue Cutter 
Service, the precursor of the modern-day Coast Guard. He 
enforced law and order off the coast of Alaska in the 1880s 
and 1890s. Josephine became a nun in a Canadian nursing 
order — she, too, died young. Her sister Eliza joined a 
Canadian teaching order and served as the superior of sev- 
eral convents in the United States and Canada. And final- 
ly, there was Eugene. Only this youngest child seemed to 
fail. He drifted from job to job, never quite finding him- 
self, occasionally making his living as a gambler and some- 
times landing in jail. 

What made the Healys' achievements possible? They 
didn't storm the color line head on. And they didn't succeed 
entirely on their own. Instead, they allied themselves with 
institutions that operated uniquely inside and outside 
American society, permitting them an indirect transit across 
the race divide. The Healy siblings became white — and they 
did so at a time when barriers against African-Americans 
rose ever higher and were patrolled with increasing vigi- 
lance and violence. 


THE STORY begins in 1815, with the immigration of 19- 
year-old Michael Morris Healy from County Galway in 
Ireland. Healy settled in central Georgia, just across the 
Ocmulgee River from the rising market town of Macon, and 
gradually acquired 1,500 acres. This was cotton country, the 
land that Margaret Mitchell wrote about in Gone With the 
Wind. As a cotton farmer, Michael Healy was a great suc- 
cess. Of the roughly 500 landowners in the county, he 
ranked 35th in the extent of his holdings, very much at the 
top of the economic heap. Like other cotton farmers, he 
owned slaves — 49 of them, at a time when the average mas- 
ter in the county owned only 14. 

One of his slaves was Eliza Clark, with 
whom he evidently fell in love. Under the 
laws of Georgia, and indeed of most other 
states at the time, marriage between blacks 
and whites was forbidden. For more than 20 
years, Michael and Eliza Healy lived togeth- 
er faithfully, but they were never formally 
married; in his will, Michael referred to her 
simply as "my trusty woman, Eliza, mother 
of my . . . children." It was also illegal for 
Michael Healy to free his wife, either while 
he lived or by his will. Freeing slaves re- 
quired a special act of the state legislature, 
and was therefore almost unheard of. 
Technically, the Healy children were slaves 
too — throughout the South, children always 
took the condition of their mother. Even 
though they were never treated as such, 
Healy could not free them any more than he 
could free his wife. 

As he considered his family's situation, 
Michael Healy realized that the only solu- 
tion was to get his children out of Georgia. 
Disabling as racial attitudes could be north 
of the Mason-Dixon line, in a northern state 
the children could inherit his property and 
dispose of it as they wished. They might 
even be able to disguise their origins. 

Accordingly, around 1837, Michael Healy 
took his oldest son, James, then just seven 
years old, to New York and placed him in a 
Quaker school in Flushing, Long Island. 
Another northern school, however, would 
prove life-altering for the Healys. Traveling 
by steamship between Washington and New 
York in the mid- 1840s, the senior Healy had 
made the acquaintance of John Bernard 
Fitzpatrick, the Catholic bishop of Boston. 

Right: James A. Healy, bishop of Portland, Maine 

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The bishop suggested that Healy send his sons to 
Worcester, Massachusetts, to attend the newly opened 
College of the Holy Cross, which then accepted children 
from grammar school age on up. Healy jumped at the 
chance. Holy Cross was set on a hill above the town, and 
was purposely separated, by 40 miles, from the suspicious 
eyes and nativist passions of Boston. The boys might be 
anomalous there, especially to the largely southern facul- 
ty — mostly Jesuits from old Maryland families — but the 
school could be a hiding place. And so, in the summer of 
1 844, the college received four new students named Healy: 

Technically, the Healy children were slaves. Even though they 
were never treated as such, Michael Healy could not free 

them any more than he could free his wife. 

James, age 14; Hugh, age 12; Patrick, age 10; and Sherwood, 
age eight. A fifth brother, Michael, then age six, would en- 
roll five years later. 

Before their arrival in Worcester, the Healy boys had 
been, from the standpoint of religion, blank slates. None 
had been baptized. Now under the tutelage of Jesuits, they 
were expected to participate in all the religious exercises of 
the college. James, Hugh, Patrick, and Sherwood were bap- 
tized in November 1844 and received their Confirmation 
the following spring. But from almost any perspective, 
Catholicism was an unlikely choice for these children of 
mixed parentage. The record of the American Catholic 
Church on race was decidedly unimpressive. Wherever slav- 
ery was legal, Catholics joined the practice if they could af- 
ford to — the Jesuit order had owned slaves in Maryland and 
elsewhere for two centuries. John Hughes, the archbishop 
of New York, considered slavery to be "infinitely better than 
the condition in which [Africans] would have been, had they 
not been seized" and brought to America in chains. The 
Catholic newspaper the Pilot spoke casually in 1862 of the 
"natural inferiority" of African-Americans, proclaiming, 
"The negro race is happier in slavery than in freedom." 

That the Healys could accept a Church whose leading 
thinkers were convinced of the inferiority of blacks suggests 
that Catholicism offered something to them beyond its in- 
terior spiritual reward — that they embraced it as a new pub- 
lic identity. And indeed, from the time of their conversion 
onward, the brothers consistently separated themselves 
from African-Americans. While a student, for instance, 
James dispassionately repeated in his diary the offhand sto- 
ries told by classmates — many of them, like himself, the sons 
of southern slaveholders — about the "niggers" on the farms 
back home, apparently satisfied that the offensive word did 
not apply to him or his brothers. Nor did the Healys have 
much sympathy for abolition. As he grew older, Sherwood 
defended the traditional Catholic position that slavery was 
not "an evil in se" and that slave ownership was permissible 
even if slave trading was not. Slavery might even help "to 
control & civilize the negro," he wrote. 

At Holy Cross, the brothers' racial origins were known — 
as Patrick later observed, anyone who looked on some of the 
Healy brothers could easily solve the racial riddle of all of 
them. But this seemed not to matter much. Massachusetts 
Catholics had no more tolerant racial attitudes than other 
Americans, but, isolated as they were in a cool social and re- 
ligious climate, they were prepared to welcome anyone who 
chose them. 

All four of the older Healys proved to be diligent schol- 
ars. In 1849, James was at the head of the college's first grad- 

uating class, Hugh ranked fourth in the same class, Patrick 
first in his class, and Sherwood second in his. Given the 
brothers' academic prowess and newfound religion, it is not 
surprising that three of them would eventually choose to 
enter the priesthood. 

With the young men on the brink of adulthood, the fam- 
ily's circumstances changed dramatically. Michael and Eliza 
Healy were apparently planning to sell their plantation and 
move north, but they never got the chance. Eliza died in May 
1850, and her husband followed her in death four months 
later. The three children still at home, two girls and the boy 
Eugene, ranging in age from 1 8 months to five years, were in 
danger now of being sold into the actual slavery that was al- 
ways their legal status. Hugh risked his life by traveling from 
New York back to Georgia to smuggle them out. He was 
technically a runaway slave himself and could have been 
seized if discovered, but by means that remain unknown he 
managed to get in and out of the state without detection, 
bringing his siblings first to New York and then to Boston. 
As the oldest, James became the head of the family, taking on 
the role of de facto parent and advisor to the others. 

ON THE family color spectrum — what we know of it — 
James lay somewhere in the middle. He showed enough 
traces of African ancestry to arouse, on first meeting, at least 
vague suspicions about his background. Had the young 
Healy been anything less than brilliant, Boston's Bishop 
Fitzpatrick might have thought it futile to groom him for a 
career in the Church. But groom him he did. James attend- 
ed seminaries in Montreal and Paris and was ordained a 
priest at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in 1854. Fitzpatrick 
prudently ignored the Church law that required a new priest 
to serve in the diocese of his birth (in this case, Charleston, 
South Carolina) and brought James back to Boston. 

The bishop realized that simply placing James Healy in a 
parish church, whether on his own or as a junior curate, 
might cause problems. Would immigrant parishioners ac- 
cept the ministrations of a man who, as far as they were con- 
cerned, was black? Equally in doubt, would fellow priests 
tolerate such a colleague? James shared these misgivings. "If 
I could have been as safe elsewhere as here," he wrote just 
after his return, "I should have desired never to show my 
face in Boston," where his family circumstances were "gen- 
erally known" among Catholics. 

Boldly, Fitzpatrick decided not to hide Healy but to give 
him a conspicuous position: that of his own secretary and 
chancellor of the diocese, a newly created position that 
made James a sort of chief operating officer and alter ego of 
the bishop. The gamble paid off. Under the bishop's 


The Healys' choice of whiteness over blackness may strike some 

as unfortunate or even wrong. Passing remains a suspect 

idea, though for different reasons now than in their day. 

penumbra, Healy was accepted by Boston Catholics not as a 
black or half-black priest, but simply as a priest. In 1875, 
James was named bishop of Portland, Maine, and his ascen- 
dancy aroused only isolated grumbling. A priest in Eastport, 
Maine, complained to the Vatican that local Catholics were 
"mortified and humiliated to have a mulatto for Bishop," 
but the letter went unanswered and seems to have been ex- 

The acid test of James's racial status came in the person 
of another priest, Augustus Tolton, a former slave who had 
been ordained in Europe and did missionary work among 
African-American Catholics in Illinois. In the 1880s and 
1890s, Tolton conducted fundraising tours around the 
United States. Everywhere he went, newspapers described 
him as "the only Colored priest in the country." To say that 
Tolton was the only black Catholic priest was to say that 
James Healy was not black. Nor did James suffer the indig- 
nities that blacks usually encountered in the public sphere. 
During his 25 years as a bishop, he traveled to California 
and back four times, and never once had to ride in the Jim 
Crow railroad car. As far as white Americans were con- 
cerned, James Healy was one of them. 

OF THE four siblings for whom we have photographs, 
Sherwood was the one with the most evidently African- 
American features, and thus his situation was the most chal- 
lenging. After Holy Cross, Sherwood attended seminaries 
in Montreal and Paris, where he achieved an extraordinary 
mastery of Gregorian chant and canon law, and in 1858 he 
too was ordained at Notre Dame. Although James Healy 
was already a success in Boston, Bishop Fitzpatrick hesitat- 
ed to bring Sherwood home. And, as the national debate 
over slavery drew to its climax, Sherwood was reluctant to 
leave Europe. "He feels an unwillingness," Fitzpatrick ex- 
plained to a papal official, "for reasons which I cannot con- 
demn, to return to this country." Accordingly, the bishop 
sent Sherwood to Rome for further studies. 

Fitzpatrick was always sympathetic to the Healy broth- 
ers, but there were limits to what he could do for Sherwood. 
In 1859, when an opportunity arose for him to nominate 
Sherwood as rector of a new American seminary in Rome, 
the bishop concluded that it was "useless to recommend 
him." Fitzpatrick spelled out the reason in a letter to the 
archbishop of New York: "He has African blood and it 
shews [sic] distinctly in his exterior. This, in a large number 
of American youths, might lessen the respect they ought to 
have for the first superior in a house." When Sherwood did 
finally return to Boston a year later with a doctorate in 
Church law, it was to a post for which he was vastly 

overqualified: ministering in the House of the Angel 
Guardian, a home for wayward boys. 

Soon, though, Sherwood was playing a wider role in the 
Boston Church. His musical training, for example, meant 
that he was always a good candidate to sing the High Mass 
on special occasions. And if James had become an alter ego 
for Bishop Fitzpatrick, Sherwood sometimes became the 
alter ego for his brother. When James vacationed in Europe 
in the summer and fall of 1863, Sherwood, not yet 30, was 
made the acting chancellor of the diocese. 

In 1870, Sherwood was named rector of the Cathedral of 
the Holy Cross in Boston, in which capacity he supervised 
the funding and construction of the new cathedral building. 
Thousands of ordinary parishioners, most of them working- 
class Irish immigrants, accepted him with nary a word about 
his background. In newspaper reports and other documents, 
he was referred to simply as "Fr. Healy" — just another priest 
with an Irish name. Parishioners confessed to him, attended 
his Masses, and took Communion from his hands. 

Sherwood displayed little interest in Boston's black com- 
munity. Despite his appearance, he identified with the white 
community and became a part of it, hiding — and hidden — 
in plain sight. 

PATRICK HEALY, on the other hand, was to all appear- 
ances a white man, but his family history was not so easily 
shaken off. Two years into his studies to become a Jesuit 
priest, he was sent back to teach at Holy Cross. "Placed in a 
college as I am, over boys who were well acquainted either 
by sight or hearsay with me + my brothers," he wrote to his 
old mentor, Fr. George Fenwick, "remarks are sometimes 
made (though not in *my hearing) which wound my very 
heart." Patrick went on to farther studies, and then ordina- 
tion, in Europe. While there, he prayed that "the Society 
may never have reason to repent of having allowed me to be 
. . . one of its children" — as he wrote to a friend — in spite of 
the risk that he might tarnish "its good name by my irregu- 

On his return to the United States in 1866, Patrick was 
posted at Georgetown University, in Washington, D.C., a 
school with a largely southern student body that would 
scarcely have welcomed Healy if his "irregularities" had sur- 
faced. But the Jesuits, knowing of Patrick's background, 
took the precaution of assigning him to teach within the 
university's separate division for the training of Jesuits. 
Once he had passed the test of acceptance, he was made 
dean, a position that exposed him to students at large. 
Stories occasionally circulated that Fr. Healy had some 
"Spanish blood," but that was the extent of speculation 

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Above: Fr. A. Sherwood Healy, rector of the Cathedral of the 
Holy Cross, Boston 

about his ethnicity. Patrick advanced swiftly. At the age of 
39, he assumed the presidency of what was then the largest 
Catholic college in the United States. He would go on to 
oversee a rebuilding of the campus and significant curricu- 
lum reforms. 

True, he occasionally encountered difficulties within the 
order; an old Jesuit once said that some of the order's hous- 
es declined to receive Patrick Healy as he traveled the coun- 
try for the university, because no one would ever again sleep 

in the bed he had used. But the typical re- 
action to Patrick was more like that of 
an unknowing student at Georgetown, 
the son of a former Confederate leader, 
who described him as "a finished scholar, 
a remarkable linguist, and the clearest 
thinker and expounder of his thoughts 
that I ever met." 

OF ALL the Healys, the fair-skinned 
Michael made perhaps the sharpest break 
with the family's past. Unhappy and re- 
bellious at Holy Cross, he was sent in 
1854, at the age of 15, to a seminary in 
France. But he fled the following year to 
England and signed on as a cabin boy on 
a merchant ship bound for the Far East. 
The seafaring life agreed with him. He 
returned to Boston in 1863 with a "defi- 
nite determination" to join the U.S. 
Treasury Department's Revenue Cutter 

Soon after enlisting, Michael received 
an officer's commission, which would 
have been impossible if his origins had 
been known. And in this way his racial 
status was settled. As his career took him 
thousands of miles away from the darker 
Sherwood and James, the family secret 
was contained. Michael's whiteness was 
confirmed by his marriage in 1865 to 
Mary Jane Roach, the daughter of Irish 
immigrants, and by the birth of their fair- 
skinned son, Fred. 

Michael went on to enjoy a picturesque 
and distinguished career in Alaska, attain- 
ing the rank of captain in 1883. One of his 
best-known exploits was a project to in- 
troduce reindeer into the northern terri- 
tory. He had noticed, on periodic visits to 
Siberia, that the Chukchi people there were more prosper- 
ous than Alaska's natives because they had domesticated 
reindeer and used them for food, travel, and clothing. 
Seeking to improve the Alaskans' lot, he made dozens of 
trips to Siberia to buy reindeer and bring them back. News 
of his efforts spread far. The irony notwithstanding, 
Michael Healy became the most famous "white man" in 
Alaska. In the far north, he was "a good deal more distin- 
guished," the New York Sun reported in 1894, "than any 
president of the United States or any potentate of Europe." 
But Captain Healy also had his troubles. Harsh and au- 
thoritarian aboard ship, he was once court-martialed for in- 
flicting cruel punishments on his crew, a charge of which he 


was acquitted. He was not so lucky in 1895, when he was 
court-martialed for repeated drunkenness. He was convict- 
ed, and only narrowly escaped dismissal from the service. 
The proceedings, however, were as notable for what they 

did not reveal as for what they did. During a shipboard al- 
tercation, a passenger had hurled at Captain Healy an eth- 
nic slur, apparently the worst thing he could think of in the 
heat of the moment. The captain, he had blurted out, was 


Healy descendant Riley with a model of the Bear 

Tom Riley '65 recalls being nine 
years old when he first heard 
about the "family conundrum." 
His uncle Cornelius related the 
story: How when he and Aunt 
Betty were planning to be mar- 
ried, grandmother Bess "intro- 
duced him to the fact that we 
were part African-American." 
The prospective groom's reply, 
a cheery reference to the fami- 
ly's suburban Boston circle of 
friends and acquaintances, was, 
"Well, you know, Bess, every- 
body knows that." 

Riley, dean of the college of 
arts, humanities, and social sci- 
ences at North Dakota State University, is the great-grandson of 
Martha, the oldest of the Healy girls. After a brief time in the convent, 
Martha had moved to Boston to be near her brother James, and she 
married Jeremiah Cashman, a young upwardly mobile Irishman, in 
1865. Their daughter Elizabeth married Matt Cunningham, owner of 
several grinding wheel companies. And the Cunninghams' daughter 
Virginia wed Dr. joe Riley '35, Tom's father. 

According to Riley, his grandmother Bess, her sisters, and Martha 
used to pass long summer visits with Bishop James Healy on Casco 
Bay, in Maine. But his grandmother never talked to him much about 
Martha. Bishop Healy's accomplishments were well known to the 
Riley offspring, however, and those of Georgetown's Patrick Healy 
somewhat less so. But Michael Healy — "Hell Roaring Mike," as a 
modern Coast Guard history calls the captain of the Bear — was the 
mainstay of family legend, and Riley's Aunt Betty narrated a memo- 
rable tale of a bloody encounter between "Captain Mike" and Indian 
hostage-takers over a ransom of blankets. 

In his book Pass'mgfor White, James O'Toole conveys through let- 
ters and individual histories the sanctuary of family that the Healys 
maintained as they monitored one another's welfare and took up 
companionable orbits, even when for some of them it would have 
been expedient to cut connections. And as Riley suggests, they passed 
their allegiance and protectiveness on: "Aunt Betty (Elizabeth), 
Grandmother Bess — their names, of course, go back to Eliza, who 

was Michael Morris Healy's, 
what would you say? common 
law wife." Riley recalls a spring 
break at BC when a number of 
his classmates — many of whom 
knew his ancestry — planned a 
trip to Selma, Alabama, to join 
the civil rights protests. "My 
grandmother was so upset by 
the idea of my going down there. 
And I couldn't understand exact- 
ly why," he says. "I ended up not 
going. She obviously was very 
worried about passing, and what 
that meant, but by the 1960s, 
my generation was kind of 
proud of our background." 
In 1997, Riley traveled to Macon, Georgia, to find the graves of 
Eliza and Michael Morris Healy. He introduced himself at the town's 
Tubman African-American Museum, and the reaction, he says, was 
"a little bit of shock." The woman he spoke with knew of the Healys' 
achievements up north, "but had lost track of the family after that. I 
said, 'Well, you know, the family kind of passed.' And she said, 
'Honey, we all did what we had to do.'" 

"The Healys were talented," says Riley, "but they weren't neces- 
sarily any better or worse than anybody." The siblings had "no 
choice" when they sold their father's plantation and slaves, he says, 
"but what that generation accomplished was built to some extent on 
the backs of the people whom they sold." The site of the Healy plan- 
tation, called River North until about five years ago, is now called 
Healy Point and includes the Healy Point Country Club. 

Riley did find the grave plot. It had been built around 1851, after 
the senior Healy's death, by the second oldest son, Hugh, who 
braved the Fugitive Slave Act to return south and rescue his youngest 
siblings, including Martha. The plot is rectangular, about 12 feet per 
side, enclosed by a stone wall three-and-a-half feet high. A spindly 
tree grows out of the inside. "I had looked at several other grave plots 
in the area," says Riley, "and they all had gates on them." The Healy 
plot "had no gate. It was just a big square, as if the idea were to keep 
out the rest of this world." 

Anna Marie Murphy 

nothing but "a God damned Irishman." 

As might be expected of the 19th century, the lives of the 
three Healy sisters were less storied. No photographs of 
them survive. But they too defied the expectations of race. 
They were educated at a convent school in Montreal, across 
the street from the seminary attended by James and 
Sherwood. The star of the three was Eliza, the youngest 
girl, who became Sr. St. Mary Magdalen and directed an 
academy in St. Albans, Vermont, for 15 years. She helped to 
establish a college for her order, the Congregation de Notre 
Dame, on Staten Island, and, when the double liability of 
being racially mixed and female is taken into account, her 
accomplishments are as impressive as those of her brothers. 

CONTEMPLATING THE lives of the Healys, we are left 
wondering how they could have achieved so much. 

One answer may be that, in Catholicism, they found a 
perfect ally. The Roman Church was largely separated — 
even self-separating— from the rest of American society. It 
had its own distinct systems of preparation, activity, and 
promotion, operating mostly out of sight of nonmembers. 
Catholicism served as a useful intermediary for the Healys; 
it enabled them to "triangulate" around the problem of 
racial identity. They became white, in effect, by first be- 
coming Catholics. No doubt the Revenue Cutter Service 
played a similar role for young Michael. 

The Healys' passage across the color line was of course 
smoothed by their father's economic standing. None of 
their achievements would have been possible if they had not 
inherited his wealth. The siblings enjoyed the prolonged 
adolescence of schooling. They could afford homes in the 
suburbs and travel in Europe. They cultivated the bearing 
and the tastes of the well-to-do because they were genuine- 
ly of that class. And their wealth confirmed their whiteness. 

The ways in which they defined themselves as sexual be- 
ings provided another boost. They each had to confront the 
taboo against interracial sexuality. The three Healys who 
married all chose white spouses, and that seemed to settle 
the race question: White spouses meant that they were 
white. For the others, religious celibacy allowed them to 
sidestep the issue altogether. 

A CENTURY and more later, the Healys' choice of white- 
ness over blackness may strike some as unfortunate or even 
wrong. "Passing" remains a controversial word and a sus- 
pect idea, though for different reasons now than in their day. 
Then, it meant breaking society's rules. Today, it suggests a 
lack of pride in one's heritage. And should we even claim 
blackness for the Healys, when they did not? Should we 
praise them as the first black bishop, or university president, 
or captain, or religious superior, when they wanted no such 

From the complicated moral terrain of their lives, the 

Above: Patrick F. Healy, SJ, president of Georgetown University 

Healys speak to an America still struggling with the quan- 
daries of race. In 1900, W.E.B. DuBois predicted that the 
problem of the 20th century would be the problem of the 
color line, and he was surely prophetic. We know now that 
more than a single century will be needed to resolve that 
problem. As we continue to try, we should note that the 
Healys' predicament is becoming more common. 
Sociologists tell us that ours is a time when ethnic lines are 
increasingly unclear. By the year 2050, more or less, the 
United States will be a nation in which no one race, tradi- 
tionally defined, will constitute a majority. And intermar- 
riage is on the rise. 

Unusual in their day, the Healys now seem the forerun- 
ners of a new reality. Perhaps the lesson they offer us lies in 
how these nine individuals managed to get on with their 
lives and take into their own hands the all-important ques- 
tion of who they were. 

James M. O'Toole is a professor of history at Boston College. His 
essay is adapted from Passing for White: Race, Religion, and 
the Healy Family (2002), copies of which are available at a dis- 
count from the BC Bookstore via the BCM Web site: Professor O'Toole delivered a talk on the 
Healys in dishing Hall on December 4 that can be viewed at 


My generation 


As classes were ending for the summer, four undergraduates 
sat in a meeting room at Lawrence House, there to discuss at 
BCM's invitation a range of topics growing out of the first 
year of the University's Church in the 2ist Century initiative. 
In 2002-03, Adam Baker '03 was president of the undergrad- 
uate government (UGBC) and a member of the initiative's 
advisory board. He majored in theology and political science 
with a minor in music, and he is now serving in the South 
Bronx as a volunteer with Teach for America. Rachel Leyland 
'05 is an English major and history/philosophy minor from 
Colchester, Connecticut. She plays piccolo in the Screaming 
Eagles Marching Band, sings soprano in the BC Chorale, and 
was the UGBC's director of religious affairs last year. Kevin 
Meme '03 majored in economics and is now working as an 
associate at the Center for Retirement Research at BC. He 
was an editor of the Catholic student newspaper Crossroads 

and a member of the Church in the 21st Century advisory 
board. Grace Simmons '05 also serves on the initiative's ad- 
visory board; she is a political science and philosophy major 
from Skaneateles, New York. 

As students, what kind of grade would you give BC's Church 
in the 21st Century initiative for its first year? 

Adam Baker: I would give it a B+. We need to focus on get- 
ting more students involved. I would say probably between 
1,000 and 2,000 students participated over the year. 
Rachel Leyland: I give it a B+ as well. A lot of the lectures 
were over the heads of undergraduates. And I think that de- 
terred students from going. 
Grace Simmons: It's hard to get students to go to a conver- 

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sation on "what the Second Vatican Council meant to me." 
I'm looking forward to a focus on renewal in the second year 
and a tie to spiritual programs, because I think students will 
be apt to want to go to events that offer something for per- 
sonal growth. 

Kevin Meme: I give it a C+. Before we can discuss post- 
Vatican II specifics, a lot of students need to know what 
Vatican II is. Many students are on a very basic level of trying 
to understand Catholicism. I also think that panel discussions 
aren't appealing to students. The most popular programs for 
students were when one speaker had an opportunity to put 
forth an idea that you could grasp and think about. 

I've heard it said that Catholic religious education since 
Vatican II has been a failure. What's your sense of this? Do 
you know less about Catholicism than your parents knew at 
your age? 

Simmons: My name is Grace, and I know less about 
Catholicism than . . . [laughter] 

Leyland: I definitely know less than my parents or grandpar- 
ents. I had catechism classes for six years, but basically they 
taught me to be nice to other people and that I was worth 
something. And I didn't go to a Catholic high school, so I 
had my first theology class at BC. 

Baker: I think I know more about Catholic theology than my 
parents knew at my age. I'll always remember a story they 
tell about being in third or fourth grade, and one of the 

From far left: Adam Baker '03, Rachel Leyland '05, Grace Simmons '05, 
and Kevin Meme '03 

priests put on an audiotape of crackling fire and told them 
that this was hell, and it's where they were going if they did 
certain things. I think I have a fuller understanding of what 
Catholicism means than they had at my age. 
Meme: My parents and grandparents learned a great deal 
about Catholicism, but without any questioning. Hey, they 
were Catholic — why would you be anything else? When I 
went to a Jesuit high school the lesson was: Here's what the 
Church teaches, and here's why. Now you'd better figure 
out why it's meaningful for your life. Perhaps one of the 
problems for most college students is that we haven't gotten 
a reasonable explanation of what the Church teaches, so 
how can we talk about how it's meaningful in our lives? 

I'm afraid I do have to bring up Vatican II again, because as 
Grace intimated earlier, it was the subject of a lot of discus- 
sion at BC in the past year — questions of what it meant and 
whether it worked. So what does Vatican II mean to you? 

Baker: To me it means a revolution in the Church that 
looked to change the structure, reduce the power of die hi- 
erarchy, and be more inclusive of different cultures and peo- 
ple. I feel like a lot of changes haven't been fulfilled. I think 
people didn't really know how to handle the changes when 
they occured. 


Leyland: For our generation, Vatican II pretty much means 
the time when people stopped eating fish on Fridays. 
Simmons: Vatican II set up a huge openness to culture with- 
in the Church, and I don't know if people knew how to deal 
with it. And I think that might be a reason for some of 
today's challenges. 

Meme: I think a lot of my peers view Vatican II as the 
process that got rid of ridiculous and archaic practices that 
the Church needed to get rid of. I see it as kind of a revolu- 
tion, a chance for the Church to say, This message is not 
outdated. A council is important. It's not something that just 
happens and is done; it's the climax of all this discussion 
that's going on, and then the council drives the Church for- 
ward into some kind of new era. 

I've been told by people who ought to know — some of the 
Catholic chaplains, for example — that this scandal is pretty 
much a yawn for Catholic students at BC, that you don't feel 
nearly as shaken as your parents' generation by what has 
been revealed. Is this true? 

Meme: The generations have a different view on sexuality. I 
think some of the older generations are shocked, and I think 
our generation is not shocked. Also, our generation has an 
almost more Protestant understanding of Catholicism. 
Religion is very much a more personal thing for them. 
They're saying, hey, these priests have done this terrible 
thing, but my faith is my faith and it's important to me, and 
so this scandal may be going on, but it's not like I'm in a cri- 
sis. There's no crisis for me. 

Simmons: Kevin took the words out of my mouth. I think 
people in our generation are using the Church as a means to 
develop themselves spiritually. Whereas I think our parents' 
generation has a list of things they expect from the Church. 
I do want to say that if it was your parish priest who was in- 
volved, the scandal could have a totally different effect on 
you. Because I think college students, when they think 
about Catholicism, always bring it back to their parish com- 

Leyland: I think it's more shocking for our parents and 
grandparents because they didn't grow up with the sexual 
culture that we live in, but also because part of their job was 
to protect their children from sexual abuse. And I think it's 
very disturbing for them to see that the kind of person they 
trusted to care for their children, to protect their children, 
could take advantage of children like that. 
Meme: That's an interesting point. For the older genera- 
tion, the Catholic Church was a primary vehicle for protect- 
ing children, one of the things they could always rely on. 
Right? It's pure, it's unerring. And then this happens, and it 
totally rocks your boat. 

Baker: I think that our lack of shock over the scandal has to 
do with the fact that we don't feel as tied to the Church. I 
know my parents see their faith and the Church as one 
thing, but many college students see it as two very separate 
things. And I think that this crisis has driven a wider gap be- 
tween faith and institutional church. And so a lot of people 
have just dropped the Church, and they're looking for other 
ways to express faith and be faithful. I think that's the divide 
we're seeing and why our parents and grandparents are so 
interested in trying to renew the faith and some of us are not 
as interested. That's why I personally think it's important 
that the Church in the 21st Century initiative focus on the 
issue of handing down faith, getting college students to see 
their faith and the Church as something that you really can't 
separate out. 

Simmons: Can I make a statement? It's upsetting to me that 
it may have taken a scandal like this to make the Catholic 
Church realize that it needs to do something more for its 
young people. Catholicism has been an enormous part of 
my development and my identity, and that's why I think I 
have such strong reactions to what's going on in the Church. 
Growing up, I would go to church on Sundays, and say, 
Where are all my friends who claim to be Catholics? And I 
know that they pray, so why aren't they at Mass with their 
parents? Why am I one of the only few young people in this 
church right now? And what am I going to do about that? 
was one thing I always thought. Because if you're tied to 
something, you want to do something to save it. 
Meme: Well said. I've been in an ongoing discussion, both in 
a class called "Belief and Modernity" and with a friend of 
mine, about what the heck is the value of being in this orga- 
nized religion? We believe what we believe, so why do we 
need to do it in a box called Catholicism? And one of the 
things that's come out of the discussion is that the sacramen- 
tal nature of Catholicism is so strong that you can't really be 
a Catholic without going to Mass, taking part in these kind 
of very physical, very communal, celebrations. So I think our 
generation of Catholics errs in thinking that we can say: 
Here's my relationship with God, here's my relationship with 
the Church, and they exist in separate communities. 

How much of this separation between personal faith and 
practice in your generation can be traced to differences you 
have with Church teachings on sexual ethics and practice? 

Meme: I think a lot of Catholics in our generation ask: Who 
is the Church to tell me whether I can have sex with this or 
that person? My response is: Well, you're a Catholic, aren't 
you? To me the Church has teaching authority in my life in 
regard to sex. But also in my life, there's a tension between 
what I would like to do sexually and what I feel is the right 

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thing to do. What if I'm really in love with this person, I've 
been dating her for two years, and I'd really like to sleep with 
her? The Church, however, is saying: Wait — think about 
that. And based on experience and reading I've done, I think 
the Church's vision is wise and conducive to creating ulti- 
mately good relationships, good friendships, good communi- 
ties. But it's hard to do, at least for people in our generation, 
because we think, hey, this is sexuality, it's personal, it's me. 

I need to make this point: The Church is not saying "think 
about that"; the Church is saying "no." 

Meme: The Church is saying "no." That's right. 
Baker: I think Kevin is right about heterosexual couples — 
the Church has wise things to say there. But some of the 
other issues, like the call to chastity and priestly celibacy, are 
things we need to reexamine because there are obviously 
problems. And I think the Church has done a terrible job 
ministering to homosexual Catholics, condemning people 
because of their nature. 

Leyland: No one who knows the Catholic Church's teach- 
ings on sexuality could say that they're held by most young 
people today. Those teachings are countercultural. What 
you see in the movies and everywhere else does kind of de- 
sensitize you to what you're seeing, and it's not shocking 
now to think that high school students have sex, and their 
parents give them condoms. There's a lot of open discussion 
about it, which is great because discussion leads to under- 
standing in a lot of cases. I personally agree with the 
Church's sexual teachings and try to hold to them in my life, 
but it's very hard when everyone else you know is going an- 
other way, or maybe judging that what you're doing doesn't 
make sense. 

Simmons: Like Rachel, I take seriously what the Church 
says about sex and think about how I want to apply that to 
my life. But I find that when my friends are talking to me 
about their sexual lives, I don't condemn them. I say to my- 
self, well, this is how I choose to be, and that's okay for me, 
and I'm not going to force my views on them. 
Meme: This is where I disagree with you. I've never thought 
that being married, having a family, or being able to have sex 
is some type of "right" for me. And so if the Church says 
"you can't do some of those things," that's not imposing on 
my freedom. And as far as the call to chastity goes, one of 
the reasons I respect the Church is that it still stands in a 
culture that is anything but a call to chastity, and says that 
while this might sound ridiculous to most of you, it's what 
we believe is right. Grace is absolutely correct when she says 
that our generation was brought up to think about "what's 
right for me." I've heard people say, "I would never get an 
abortion, but I would never tell somebody else not to get an 

abortion," and I say that if you think it's wrong, why should- 
n't you tell other people what you think? If someone tells 
me about their sexual life, I'll tell them if I think they're liv- 
ing it wrong and ultimately harming themselves. 
Baker: My point about chastity is that I think it's a very spe- 
cific and personal calling. I don't think, for example, that 
you should just require it of all people who feel called to 
God. I just don't think that's right. In terms of sexuality, I 
have a different view, which is that the sexual revolution 
happened a while ago, and while this caused people to be- 
come somewhat desensitized to sexuality, there has been a 
recent movement back toward responsibility, at least in our 
generation of college students. 

But the movement among college students toward greater 
sexual responsibility is not a religious movement. 

Baker: No, it's not; it's a call to personal responsibility. But 
there is something moral about it. 

Leyland: I don't see people being more sexually responsible 
because of a moral calling. People are being more responsi- 
ble for health or practical reasons. They don't want to get 
pregnant right now, or they don't want to catch a disease. 
People are thinking about protecting themselves, not their 
souls or their moral values. 

Meme: I agree with you. However, it's funny to see this kind 
of counter-revolution, because the Church has been saying 
this all along. And it all comes back to tradition, to 2,000 
years of faith and reason, of people thinking and talking 
about sexual ethics. 

Simmons: This is a really sensitive issue for me. I don't 
know if it's because I'm a woman, or what it is. Being a 
woman could in fact have a lot to do with the way I think 
about this. But I think if my roommate was going to sit 
down with me and want to talk to me about whether or not 
she was going to have sex with her boyfriend, I would cer- 
tainly encourage her not to do that, but I wouldn't ground 
it in health or what I read in Cosmopolitan. I would ground it 
in moral and ethical reasons, that I feel very strongly about, 
that are derived from my religious upbringing. 

The point has been made throughout this first year of the 
Church in the 21st Century initiative that American Catholics 
have arrived at a historic turning point, that things can never 
be the same again for the laity, for the bishops, for the priests. 
Given this shuffle in relationships, who are your models of 
Catholic life for the 21st century? Do you have Catholic heroes 
you look up to? 

Meme: On a day-to-day basis I look to my grandfather. He 
and my grandmother have an incredible 50-year marriage. 


They pray the rosary every night, which is really cool. So I try 
to emulate him. But then I also look back to people like 
Ignatius Loyola for how to live a spiritual life, and I think the 
current pope is a model because he is both an unwavering 
Catholic and also very open, seeking reconciliation with all 
people, and very concerned with the issues of the day. And 
then I go down to a place like Chiapas, Mexico, and find that 
I learn about Archbishop Romero of El Salvador. All of these 
people have lived by truths that are out of time. They're 
models of the 2 1st century because what Romero did 20 years 
ago and what Ignatius did 400 years ago are really the same 
thing. And they're all living by values that stay meaningful. 
Simmons: I have so much admiration for my mother, her 
commitment to Catholicism, and her ability to say what she 
wants to say and follow through. I also admire Mother 
Teresa immensely. Dorothy Day is another person I see as a 
model, because I have a great interest in social justice. A few 
of my professors have also been important to my develop- 
ment as a Catholic. Because of this crisis in the Church, 
Rachel and I did a seminar with Professor Brian Braman and 
Professor Kerry Cronin. And we met on Friday afternoons, 
six students and two faculty members, talking this stuff out. 
These are all Catholics who are striving to make goodness 
essential to who they are as human beings, and that's what 
makes them Catholic models for me, and maybe that's the 
saving grace for the Church. 
Leyland: The person foremost in my mind is my grand- 

mother. And I'd echo a lot of what Kevin said about his 
grandfather. She's the most inspirational woman in the 
world to me because she applies her faith every day, to every 
person she comes in contact with. And to have someone like 
that in my life allows me to see how people who take what 
they've learned and apply it to their lives can do great 
things. It's amazing. And some of my friends are my heroes, 
too — one from high school and one here at BC. I think 
they're heroes for the 21st century because they're doing it 
here, now, when it's not easy. Back in the day, everyone had 
religion as part of their identity, and you didn't have these 
questions and these choices — you were something, and there 
was no option. Today when you find someone who applies 
their faith to life every day, it's like seeing a miracle. 
Baker: Some of my greatest models for being Catholic have 
been Jesuits here. They're so involved in the community, so 
obviously here to serve the students and work with the stu- 
dents, and I'd never seen people so passionately committed 
to serving a community before. It kind of shocked me. But 
I also think of Andrew Sullivan and Garry Wills as Catholic 
heroes, because they challenge the Church to become bet- 
ter. It's important for me to see people who remain faithful 
but are able to challenge the Church in an intellectual way. 
I think it takes courage. And I think the challenge itself is 
important, because if these things are as important for our 
lives as we say they are, we need to talk about them and de- 
bate them. □ 


Sociologists in the past 10 years have reported a widespread 
religious illiteracy among post-Vatican II Catholics, genera- 
tions X and Y. "Have you ever heard of the Second Vatican 
Council?" Catholic University's Dean Hoge and colleagues 
asked young adult confirmed Catholics. In their report, the 
researchers broke out the responses by Latino and non- 
Latino young adults: Only 56 percent of the non-Latino 
sample and 27 percent of the Latino sample answered yes. 

Overall, Hoge's young Catholics showed themselves to be in- 
dependent thinkers, accepting of differences. They're spiritually 
aware and socially engaged. That is, they like to put them- 
selves at the service of others — but not in old-fashioned 1960s- 
style political terms; this is volunteerism, which is different. 

Statistical studies of religious literacy are useful, but they 
offer a narrow account. Most measure conceptual literacy, 
but young Catholics, in fact, manifest a performative literacy 
of Vatican II. Every time a young Catholic acts so as to en- 
dorse the Church as the people of God, that is performative 
literacy. Every time a young Catholic acts so as to endorse 

the importance of religious liberty or social justice, that is 
performative literacy. Such behavior does not need to have 
been inspired exclusively by the Catholic Church to count as 
Catholic literacy. After all, those teachings, especially on re- 
ligious liberty, were themselves assembled through dialogue 
with non-Catholic peoples and secular traditions. 

The behavior of young Catholics today shows that their 
education was not undialectically a failure, but in a sense a 
major success. The challenge, pedagogically, will be to inte- 
grate the conceptual and the performative literacies — to lo- 
cate the meaning of the performative. One of our great 
spiritual teachers, the Jesuit Karl Rahner, was way ahead in 
seeing this. In his Belief Today (1967), there are essays on sit- 
ting down, on sleeping, and on eating as spiritual experiences. 
Toward the same end, I'm giving a course on the "theology of 
everyday life" next year. It's going to take some work. 

From an April 23 talk by BC theologian Thomas M. Beaudoin, 
"Was Catholic Religious Education after Vatican II a Failure?" 

Catholic and gay 



In the 10th chapter of the Gospel of Mark, a young man 
runs up to Christ, kneels before him, and asks, "What must 
I do in order to inherit eternal life?" Jesus answers by enu- 
merating what I call the party line: "Honor your father and 
your mother, keep the commandments." The young man 
replies, "Since my birth, I've done these things. What else 
do I need to do?" The evangelist records that Christ looked 
at him and loved him, and said, "Go, sell your possessions, 
give money to the poor, and come follow me."' And the 
young man went away sorrowing, for he had many posses- 
sions. Like that man, every one of us, no matter what degree 
of same-sex attraction we might live with, no matter our 
temptations or weaknesses, asks Christ the same question, 
and every one of us has to hear his answer in our own lives. 

I'm a convert to Catholicism, but I came to the Church's 
teaching on chastity before I became a Catholic, because it 
made so much sense to me in light of the questions I was 
asking myself about the essential nature of love. The 
Church doesn't claim to know the origins of same-sex at- 
traction, and — contrary to the thinking of a few bigoted 
Church members — she doesn't declare that the attraction is 
a sin. But she does call it an objective disorder, and she ex- 
pects men and women living with same-sex attraction to live 
chastely, just as she expects all unmarried Christians to live 
chastely, which means no sex outside of marriage or before 
marriage. For that matter, married people, too, are expect- 
ed to live chastely, which in their case means no contracep- 
tion, along with sexual fidelity and commitment. 

While all this is well known, people forget one part of the 
Church's teaching on chastity, which comes in the last para- 
graph on the topic in the catechism. There she says basical- 
ly that, with the help of the sacraments and sacramental 
grace, and the help of friendship, men and women living 
with same-sex attraction can and should attain Christian 
perfection. The Catholic Church looks at me as an adult 
and says, "You might live with same-sex attraction, you 
might even define yourself as a homosexual, but we think 
that you can and will be a saint." And that, I believe, is head 
and shoulders above what anyone else says on the topic. 

Some folks on the right tell me that because I live with a 
degree of same-sex attraction, I'm condemned to hell. Some 
people on the left say, "Poor thing, we consider you op- 
pressed. You must expect to act on your inclinations; it's too 
much to ask you to live chastely." In a funny way, both sides 
are expressing much the same idea. On the one hand, the 
radical right tells me that I'm predestined to go to hell. On 
the other hand, the left tells me I'm predestined also — to act 
on my sexual inclinations. Neither is true, and the Catholic 
Church recognizes that. 

I came to chastity because I loved my partner so much. 
I'm a veteran of a 17-year-long committed relationship with 
another man. It's a deep friendship, and it has been since al- 
most the moment we met. It was sexually active for the first 
seven years, and then — after I became a Christian, after I 
began reflecting on what Scripture and tradition had taught 
for 2,000 years — I went to my partner and said, "I love you. 
Can we please stop having sex?" 

That's what I said. What he heard me say was, "I don't 
love you anymore." Thus started a year in which we disen- 
tangled the sexual aspects of our relationship from the rest 
of it. We came to understand that what we had together as 
friends — all the love, encouragement, honesty, affection, 
compassion, joy — we still had without the sex. That was 10 
years ago, and we've lived chastely ever since. Or to be more 
exact, only once after that date did we have sex. It was the 
night of my birthday, we'd both had a bit too much to drink, 
and we wound up having sex again. Afterward he realized 
what that had meant to me, and he resolved then that be- 
cause he loved me and because I wanted to be chaste, he 
would help me. And he did. 

What is genuine love? The supposition on the left is that 
if I can't have sex, my life must be loveless, lonely, and cold. 
And that's just not true. What I've come to understand is 
that erotic love is only one aspect of the love human beings 
experience, that we don't need to have sex to live a life that 
is joyful and committed and filled with friends and family. 
The question, then, is whether having sex is worth risking 
the kingdom of heaven. 


This of course brings to mind the dialogue between 
Christ and the young man who asked what to do to attain 
eternal life. Jesus didn't tell him, "Go away and sell all your 
possessions," but simply, "Sell your possessions." Christ put 
his finger on the one thing in his life, the one thing in all our 
lives, that to give up, to make Christ the Lord in our lives, 
would be extremely difficult. Something for which we might 
go away sorrowing, or might turn our back and say, "Sorry, 
Christ, you're not for me." Christ will honor our decision. 
He doesn't force himself on anybody. But he'll ask. 

At bottom, the Church's teaching on homosexuality is a 
matter of discipleship. I turned 40 this year, and all around 
me in my parish there are men and women about my age 
who don't self-define as gay or lesbian yet are no closer to 
being married than I am. And the Church expects them to 
live chastely as part of making Christ Lord in their lives. 
The issue is not what tempts us, then. The issue is how we 
live. Living chastely is hard, just like forgiving and asking 
others to forgive us, just like being charitable to folks who 
make us angry. 

But following Christ is not impossibly hard. I have found, 
for example, that the growth of love in a chaste relationship 

can be every bit as deep as the love I experienced while I was 
having sex. And in the end, I don't believe that having ho- 
mosexual sex is objectively loving, because genuine love 
seeks what's best for the beloved — not merely what's conve- 
nient, not merely what feels good or reassuring or serves 
emotional needs, but what is truly best for the person we 
love. And I don't think homosexual sex is best for anybody. 
At the same time, there can be in friendship so much good 
and so much grace. God's love is like water. It finds a way. 

So, my reaction to the Church's teaching on homosexu- 
ality is that we all should ask ourselves how willing we are to 
follow Christ and take him up on his offer. For it is a leap of 
faith. But it's been my experience, and the experience of a lot 
of people I know, that when we take the leap of faith, he's 
there to catch us, and he does catch us, and he'll catch you. 

David Morrison is the author q/"Beyond Gay (1999). His essay 
is drawn from remarks delivered on April 28 as part of a discus- 
sion with journalist Andrew Sullivan on "Homosexuality in a 
Catholic Context, " sponsored by BCs Church in the 21st Century 
initiative. Sullivan declined to allow his remarks to be published. 
The full event can be viewed at 



Toward Renewal 
What have we learned? Where are we going? 

Thursday, September 18, 2003 7:30 pm, Conte Forum 

Opening Remarks 
William P. Leahy, SJ 

President, Boston College 

Panel Discussion moderated by 
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NBC News Washington Bureau Chief and Moderator of "Meet the Press" 

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Critical rebound 



Begin with the Augustinian truth: The Church, like its ri- 
vals, aspires to speak of and for the City of God, but it must 
speak in and to the City of Man. The transcendent is its rea- 
son for living, but it must live in order to fulfill that reason. 
Compelled to adapt to the temporalities, religion must also 
be watchful lest it become simply a function of time and 
place. If a church accommodates too much to society, it 
loses its distinctive character, and along with it any strong 
sense of community or claim on the identity of its members. 
But if it makes the social cost of membership too high, a 
church risks shrinking to the dimensions of a sect. At least 
implicitly, religion bargains with society, distinguishing be- 
tween the first principles that are the perennial heart of its 
faith and the teachings and disciplines that it can de-em- 
phasize or abandon in response to new circumstances. 

The current clergy sex abuse scandals represent the most 
severe crisis in the history of the American Church, calling, 
in some measure, its bargains with society and with its own 
membership into question. American Catholics must hope 
for a season of atonement, knowing that this will bring tur- 
bulence and pain. Yet all Americans have a stake in the out- 
come: The Church's future in this red-dawning century is 
inseparable from that of the republic. 

ALEXIS DE Tocqueville once observed that, despite 
Catholicism's aristocratic structure and affinities, the 
American Church had embraced political democracy, and 
American Catholics were "the most republican and the most 
democratic class in the United States." In part, this was at- 
tributable to interest: A minority, and the object of suspicion 
and ancient animosity, Catholics took refuge in laws pro- 
tecting religious liberty and separating church and state. 
Similarly, since most Catholics were at the low end of the 
income scale, they were natural democratic partisans. But 
Tocqueville also discerned a more fundamental compatibil- 
ity between Catholicism and democracy. 

Every faith, Tocqueville argued, has an inner logic deriv- 
ing from its first principles that will make itself felt even 
when it is overborne by circumstance. During the Middle 

Ages, he contended, the Church was impelled to shape its 
institutions for a world of classes and castes, so that it "im- 
properly enhanced" the authority of its "divine agents." 
However, the Church never wholly lost the egalitarian core 
of Christian teaching. America's insistent democracy al- 
lowed and compelled Catholicism to return to first things, a 
pattern Tocqueville discerned in the early half of the 19th 
century in the tendency among the American clergy to 
stress the spirit and not the letter of faith and law. As 
Tocqueville saw it, in other words, American democracy was 
liberating the Church from its historical distortions and re- 
turning Catholicism to its original vision — and in the 
process, gaining patriots and citizens. 

None of this implied any formal democratization of the 
Church or a lessening of episcopal authority, and 
Tocqueville had no notion of the possibility of a married 
clergy or the ordination of women or any of the similar re- 
forms under discussion today. Rather, he spoke of Catholics 
as "submissive and sincere," devoted to a faith that disposed 
them to obedience, but not to inequality. And he also de- 
tected a change in the Church's tone and ways. The "habits 
of public life," Tocqueville noted in another context, tend to 
be introduced into private manners. That dynamic 
promised a disposition, however hesitantly applied, to at- 
tend to lay opinion and the societies of the faithful that have 
been a feature of American Catholic history. 

Tocqueville carried his argument to a vision of Catholics 
moving soon into the mainstream of American civic life. 
About that he was uncharacteristically over-optimistic. 
Immigration heightened anxieties about Catholic intentions 
and power, and Catholics, in turn, became more protective 
of their communities and communions. Catholicism re- 
mained a fault line in American party politics at least until 
1960, but even during difficult times Tocqueville's main ar- 
gument held: Catholics were steady champions of democra- 
cy and American institutions. 

Contemporary America, moreover, realizes Tocqueville's 
vision. Catholicism is increasingly audible as a "public reli- 
gion," offering a cultural option in American political life. It 


is probably the most articulate communitarian voice in our 
politics, upholding claims of a "consistent ethic of life" in a 
moral community. Moreover, Catholics are grand advocates 
for equality, the republic's moral foundation, at a time when 
it needs defenders. Despite the obvious advances in equaliz- 
ing races and genders, equality today as a human, universal 
given remains desperately embattled. Meanwhile, in the 
academy, the relativists and postmodernists reign and are 
engrossed with contexts and, hence, the differences of his- 
tory, culture, and perspective. And in the practice of politics, 
equality confronts titanic and growing inequalities of wealth 
and power. Democracy, Aristotle observed, sees a life freely 
devoted to the common good as the greatest contribution to 
community. September 11, 2001, taught us that democratic 
lesson: Community is a fact, and the heroes are not those 
who lost the most money, but those who gave their lives. No 
magistracy in America offers better instruction on that point 
than American Catholicism. 

IT IS a mark of the authenticity of Catholic social and po- 
litical teaching that it is uncomfortable with the country's 

mediate relation to the dazzling plurality of the Church's in- 
ternational communion. All of these developments under- 
line the hierarchy's responsibility in preserving, and if 
necessary reweaving, the fabric of unity. 

But the second cost of full inclusion in American civic 
culture has been a decline in the automatic deference that 
clerical leaders once received. Tocqueville saw American 
Catholics as "submissive believers," but a great number of 
today's communicants look positively feisty — including, 
paradoxically, those who regard themselves as conservatives 
and the special defenders of churchly authority. An increase 
in the practical influence of the laity is in the cards: The 
only questions are what form this will take and how far it 
will extend. 

Nevertheless, the hierarchy, duly chastened, is indispens- 
able to a high Catholic mission in the spiritual life of 
American democracy. Famously, Tocqueville traced the 
character of American civilization to a balance between the 
"spirit of liberty" and the "spirit of religion." But much as 
he admired that equilibrium, he expected that, with law and 
the marketplace in support, liberty would gain at the ex- 


major parties and all ideologies. "Being a Catholic liberal or 
a Catholic conservative," columnist E.J. Dionne wrote dur- 
ing the 2000 campaign, "inevitably means having a bad con- 
science about something." That ambiguity points to the 
crucial role Catholics are playing in our politics: As Dionne 
may have anticipated, Catholics were divided just about 50- 
50 in the election of 2000, and even marginal success in the 
competition for Catholic allegiances is likely to tip the bal- 
ance of electoral power in the immediate future. 

Yet the "mainstreaming" of American Catholicism comes 
with two very American price tags, both of which are evi- 
dent in the Church's present travail. In the first place, 
Catholicism can no longer count on the defensive solidarity 
associated with an embattled subculture. The differences 
among Catholics — always an element of Catholic history in 
the United States — can be expected to become sharper, re- 
flecting the "culture wars" that are dividing all the great 
American confessions. The Church can expect changes in 
its ethnic composition, increasing differences in the educa- 
tion and class of its membership, and widening variations in 
the extent to which communicants will follow this or that 
teaching. At the same time, globalization means a more im- 

pense of religion in the habits of American hearts. 

Tocqueville held religion to be "the most precious be- 
quest of aristocratic ages," a fragile inheritance that teaches 
democracy the language of true nobility. Hence his warning 
about introducing new religions into America, where lack- 
ing the ballast of habit and tradition they would be caught 
up by the current of individualism. And he was concerned 
for the old faiths as well, noting that the Protestant reliance 
on individual conscience would work in combination with 
the law's "spirit of liberty" to undermine religious education 
generally, leaving Americans without serious spiritual disci- 

Americans, he observed, on the one hand were prone to 
secular individualism, afflicted by restlessness and "strange 
melancholy," often drawn to hazy pantheism; on the other 
hand, they sometimes leaned toward an excessive and fanat- 
ical spirituality that was likely to go beyond proper bounds 
into "religious insanity." The description has not lost force 
over the years. 

The Catholic Church offers an alternative precisely be- 
cause it retains an institutional link to "aristocratic ages." 
Tocqueville's description of American Catholics — "the most 

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submissive believers and the most independent citizens" — 
strikingly parallels the qualities he had earlier assigned to 
Puritans: a "passive though . . . voluntary obedience" in the 
spiritual and moral sphere and "an independence scornful of 
experience and jealous of all authority" in politics. 
Tocqueville was suggesting that while Catholics could not 
have created free institutions in America, they are more suit- 
ed to maintain them, since the Church's authoritative insti- 
tutions are relatively less exposed to individualism and 
spiritual indiscipline, the rising dangers of his time and ours. 

TOCQUEVILLE COULD still assume, as had the 
Framers, that religion was a source of moral unity for 
Americans. In contemporary America, by contrast, the def- 
inition of religion has become very expansive indeed; citi- 
zens tell pollsters that they believe in God, but about an 
eighth of these self-proclaimed believers declare their faith 
to be in a "life force or spirit" that speaks to them through 
astrology or various extraterrestrial presences. (We are not 
alone: In Britain, nearly 400,000 people list their religion as 
"Jedi," outnumbering Jews, Sikhs, and Buddhists.) 

Americans retain considerable agreement about morals, 
but they are inclined to see their convictions as so many pri- 
vate preferences, and a sizeable majority say that "we should 
be more tolerant of people who choose to live according to 
their own moral standards, even if we think they are wrong." 
In a recent survey, for example, Catholic students at 
Catholic colleges expressed relatively traditional judgments 
on casual premarital sex but far more liberal opinions on the 
right of homosexuals to marry. The first instance dealt with 
personal morality; the second primarily tested their tolerance. 
Boston College political scientist Alan Wolfe is right: The 
current in religious America runs in the direction of a "new 
autonomy" in which individuals decide what God suits their 
temperament, what family structure fulfills their needs, and 
what laws merit respect. 

Still, Americans are restive, just as Tocqueville would 
have expected. Great numbers of us are troubled by empti- 
ness, aware perhaps of the moral ambiguities of our own 
conduct, worried about the moral direction of the country. 
Many are looking to faith now, not as a code of rules, but as 
a source of goodness, seeking the meta-moral in our leaders 
and ourselves. This was evident in the campaign of 2000, 
when candidates regularly proclaimed their faiths, not in 
support of this or that policy, but as a kind of personal testi- 
mony, scratching the electorate's itch for leadership with a 
moral center. 

The quality of this latest spiritual pursuit will depend on 
the public's ear for the authentic pitch of profound faith, and 
hence on the character of religious education. Here, the 
news is not good. Given the competing temptations of the 

time, the great majority of American religions are unusual- 
ly prone to follow the path of consumer preference. This is 
not improved by a general disposition toward an ecumeni- 
calism that smoothes away the sharper tastes of faith in favor 
of a kind of religious Jell-O, sweet and vaguely sticky, but 
with little character and less subtlety. The conversation 
skirts deeper fears and yearnings and allows for all sorts of 
spiritual dottiness: Almost a third of Americans, a few years 
ago, reported their conviction that the government was cov- 
ering up its contacts with space aliens. 

Catholicism is not immune to fads and fashions, but as 
Tocqueville suggested, the Church still finds it easier to be 
magisterial, and it could set a standard for debate over first 
principles among the great confessions, faiths disciplined as 
well by text and tradition. God wills religious unity, the 
Jesuit theologian John Courtney Murray used to argue, but 
pluralism is the human condition, and that tension suggests 
that human beings, and their faiths, are at their best when 
they are engaged in civil argument about the things that 

Of course, this prescription is dangerous. Murray called 
for pluralism with blood in it, and no one needs to be told 
that religious argument has often turned bloody and could 
do so again. But Americans, on the whole, have been well 
trained in religious tolerance. And religion, even with its 
abiding rivalries, rests on at least one elementary affirma- 
tion: the conviction that there is something to argue about, 
that the world ultimately makes sense, and that truth is 
more than personal interpretation and appearance. Faith, 
John Paul II wrote in Fides et Ratio, serves as reason's "con- 
vinced and convincing advocate," stirring reason to over- 
come its fears. 

The great faiths also share a recognition that a preoccu- 
pation with survival, well-being, and individual indepen- 
dence is enslaving, that human dignity and moral agency are 
linked to the realization that rights are given to us on terms, 
and that love carries us beyond the control of earthly pow- 
ers. It was precisely the "transpolitical" nature of Christian 
transcendence, BC's late great theologian Ernest Fortin ar- 
gued, that "enable [d] Christianity to be effective in the 
midst of the changing configurations and innumerable con- 
tingencies of human existence." Catholicism, uneasy in this 
as in any political present, may for that reason hold keys to 
the American political future. 

Wilson Carey McWilliams teaches political science at Rutgers 
University and is the author of Beyond the Politics of 
Disappointment?: American Elections, 1980-1998 (2000). 
His essay is drawn fivm a talk delivered at BC on March 14 as pan 
of the Bradley Lecture Series in Politics and Religion. The lecture 
can be viewed in full at 



Teaching Amy to drive in the snow 


How can I tell her, amid spinning tires 
and a streaked windshield? How can I part 
her furious gaze to say, 
you've got it all wrong, honey. 
Snow has no teeth, 
it's a feather 

fanning an almighty love for us: 

each flake tuned to awaken 

thoughts of buried flowerbeds and dusty bottles 

stashed in cellars; each flake a passion 

perfected in echoing, 

slug the gold dust of your days 

all this day . . . 

Amy clicks off the music. She can't think, 
it's fogging up her ears, too loud, 
too low, too vibrant, too dull, 
our soundtrack's settled: 

tires chawing snow 
under mammoth swipes of wipers wheedling a view. 

Not bad. Houses unfold 

every third stroke; some 
spout smoke. I count twelve footprints 
as snow floats and extends into the everywhere 
waiting to freeze or to melt, ready to be 
packed into balls, backstroked into angels, rolled and hoisted 
into men. Ready for the ridiculous — a carrot for a nose — 
and the sublime — charcoal for eyes. I upend the heat vent, 
count three children; try to remember their eyes, 
the eyes of my childhood buddies, what it meant 
to strike first into 

the giddy unknown on a snowday. 

Amy's quiet, too quiet, how long has this gone on? I tell her 
downshift before the turn for better traction, 
press the heater, then bring it to her neck. 

Buried world, 
pray for me, that I never leave my life 

in a place where I can't find it. 

Editors note: Last fall, BCM invited readers to take pan in 'Word 
Play" a poetry contest inspired by a classroom exercise used by 
Professor Suzanne Matson in her "Introduction to Creative 
Writing" course. There was only one rule, and it was that 10 of the 
following 1 3 words had to appear in the poem: visceral, never; mam- 
moth, passion, giddy, music, almighty, furious, ridiculous, vibrant, 
uncanny, nefarious, strike. In all, nearly 140 poems were submitted, 

including 23 from the senior poetry class of S'nnsbury (Connecticut) 
High School, where Donna Cannon '92 serves as guidance counselor. 
The winning entry, by Stephen Valentine "98, an English teacher at 
the Montclair Kimberley Academy in Montclair, New Jersey, appears 
here. The runners up — by Tim Christian 14, Dan Howarth '98, 
Tom McGill, M.Div. 10, and Katie Bell (Simsbury High '03)— can 
be accessed at the BCM Web site, 


Mean streets 


Sunday afternoon, East Baltimore. Detective Robert Cherry 
surveys the crime scene. Shell casings litter a residential 
street. A car alarm wails. Hours earlier, a drive-by shooting 
on this corner put a teenager in the hospital. Speeding away, 
the driver lost control and plowed into a parked car, crush- 
ing a three-year-old girl walking down the sidewalk. The lit- 
tle girl is alive, but in critical condition, her brain severely 
damaged. Word on the street says the shooting was in retal- 
iation for a stabbing on this same corner the night before. 
Now, four men lie handcuffed on the ground, would-be vic- 
tims of the drive-by, who police thought were trying to flee 
the scene. "One of these knuckleheads is gonna tell us who 
was shooting at them," Cherry says. 

This summer marks the end of Cherry's fourth year 
working homicide in the Baltimore City Police De- 
partment. "It's not an easy city to police," he says grimly. 
Baltimore has one of the country's highest murder rates, 
largely due to a vigorous drug trade; in the 1990s, there 
were more than 300 murders here every year for 10 years 
running (Boston last year had 60). "Not something you be- 
come immune to, exactly," says Cherry sadly, "but you do 
get accustomed to it." 

Cherry grew up in a quiet Boston suburb. He majored in 
political science at BC and toyed with the idea of joining the 
Marines. After graduating, though, he moved to Baltimore 
to work for a group counseling juvenile delinquents ("the 
Jesuits got to me," he smiles). He met a few cops on the job 
and joined the force. "Believe me," he says, "there are times 
when you have to go see a body on a hot July night, and it's 
been there a few weeks and it's bloated and there's maggots 
and the smell," he says, "but that doesn't really bother me. 
What does bother me is this reckless disregard for life." He's 
been a cop for 10 years, but his face still reddens when he 
describes what he's seen. 

Still, Cherry relishes the responsibility that comes with 
the homicide detail. "It all really rests on how you work the 
case," he says. "There's no victim you can talk to, so you 
have to be methodical." After staying up all night question- 
ing witnesses to the drive-by, Cherry had arrested the car's 
driver and had the name of the shooter. "We'll get a warrant 
and round him up soon," he says. 

Justin Ewers 

Justin Ewers is a reporter with US News & World Report. 


Margot (Gensler) Connell, center, wife of William F. Connell '59, with their children. Top row (l-r): Terence A. '02, and William 
C. '94. Bottom (l-r): Monica Healey '88, Timothy P. '03, Lisa McNamara '89, and Courtenay Toner '91. 
Photograph by Gary Wayne Gilbert. 


When the Boston College School of Nursing is 
formally named for late trustee William F. 
Connell '59, it will be a fitting tribute to the 
memory of a man whose personal and profes- 
sional endeavors were marked by a spirit of car- 
ing. Before he died, Connell, who donated $10 
million to the University for the nursing pro- 
gram, was presented the Ignatius Medal, Boston 
College's highest honor, by University President 
William P. Leahy, SJ. He was only the 10th per- 
son to receive the medal, which honors "persons 
of uncommon achievement and influence in 
human affairs whose endeavors are enriched by 
a religious dimension." Connell first became a 
BC trustee in 1974 and served a total of 24 years 
on the board.